Benchmarks 1 and 7
Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector Ofsted, appeared last week before the House of Commons Education Committee on a range of matters. Included in the questioning was the issue of how well schools are meeting the statutory duty contained within The Technical and Further Education Act 2017 which requires that all schools and academies to ensure that they provide an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in year 8 to year 13 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships. This is also known as "The Baker Clause" and is usually evidenced by the "Provider Access Statement" which all schools are required to post to their websites.
This requirement is central to the key statutory duty within the Education Act 1997 which requires that the independent careers guidance provided:
is presented in an impartial manner, showing no bias or favouritism towards a particular institution, education or work option
includes information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and technical education routes
is guidance that the person giving it considers will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.
In her replies to challenges about how Ofsted would ensure compliance Amanda Speilman made the following response:-
"it is extremely important and in going back into inspection we need to make sure it gets the attention it deserves"
You can find a video of the exchange at our Youtube Channel at:-
with the whole session and minutes from it available at:
with this specific section covered by Question 1266 to 1273