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Provider Access Legislation 2022

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Provider Access Legislation (and The Baker Clause)

The purpose of the Baker Clause was to ensure that there is an opportunity for colleges and other training providers to access Y8-Y13 pupils for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. The new Provider Access Legislation (PAL DfE 2022) is designed to develop and strengthen the existing legislation (the Baker Clause) by ensuring strong partnerships between schools and different types of training provider and came into effect in January 2023. 

This is to ensure students in years 8-13 have meaningful encounters with providers of technical education and apprenticeships, so that they can be better informed about their options.  This includes independent training providers, FE colleges, universities and employer providers.  The Provider Access Legislation guidance sets out the other types of organisations and representatives that will be considered compliant with the requirements.  At Castleford Academy, for many years, we have consciously promoted the range of options at post-16 and beyond through: assemblies, career fairs, lessons and information provided to pupils and information to parents/ on our school  webpage. 

The Skills and Post-16 Education Act 2022 ensures that the Provider Access Legislation provides at least 6 encounters for all their pupils:

Also schools need to ensure that each registered pupil meets with a representative range of education and training providers. The providers must speak to pupils:

At Castleford Academy, we welcome providers and are constantly looking to expand the  experience and impartial information that our pupils receive. Please see our careers programme on our website for further information.