Access to schools for education and training providers

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Closes 25 Jul 2022

Introduction

This consultation seeks views on the statutory guidance for schools on ‘access for education and training providers’, which forms part of the document ‘statutory guidance on careers guidance and access for education and training providers’. The ‘access for education and training providers’ section relates to the duty on schools to ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of providers to access pupils to inform them about technical education and apprenticeships (Section 42B of the Education Act 1997). Schools must have regard to this statutory guidance when carrying out this legal duty (Section 45A of the Education Act 1997).

In the Skills for Jobs: lifelong learning for opportunity and growth white paper, the government committed to strengthen this provider access legislation and enforce it more effectively, making sure that all secondary schools open their doors to other education and training providers. The revised statutory guidance on access for education and training providers that we are consulting on, explains the changes made to the law, through the Skills and Post-16 Education Act 2022, and what schools must do to comply when the new law commences on 1 January 2023. The guidance provides advice to governors, headteachers, careers leaders and staff on developing and implementing a provider access policy which helps young people to learn about the range of technical education qualifications and apprenticeships that are available, supporting young people to make more informed choices.

For the purpose of this consultation, references to statutory guidance refer only to the ‘access for education and training providers’ section of the statutory guidance that we are proposing to amend. The ‘careers guidance’ section of the statutory guidance is unaffected by the changes made to the provider access legislation and is therefore out of scope and not included in the accompanying draft statutory guidance document.