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Lord Baker secures promise of improved UTC access to schools

Lord Baker has secured Government support to make it a legal requirement for apprenticeship providers, UTCs, studio schools and FE colleges to be allowed into schools and tell pupils at the ages of 13, 16 and 18 of the ‘offer’ they have for students.

During the second reading of the Technical and Further Education Bill, the education minister, Lord Nash acknowledged that ‘more needs to be done to inform pupils of their options’ but that the Government has now agreed ‘to institute a requirement for local authorities to write to the parents of year 9 students, informing them of the existence of UTCs, further education colleges and studio schools that offer courses for students starting at the age of 14.’

Lord Baker has said he will table an amendment during the passage of the legislation in the House of Lords.

Read the full debate.