How will the Baker Clause affect FE & ITP's?

How will the Baker Clause affect FE?

On 2nd January 2018, the Baker Clause came into effect, meaning schools must open their doors to FE providers for the first time.

The legislation was proposed by the former education secretary Lord Baker last year, and has now been written into law. The Baker Clause means schools must now allow vocational training and apprenticeship providers to advertise their courses to pupils aged 13-18.

When the clause was first introduced, it was thought that schools wouldn’t be pleased. For a long time, schools have used grades and university places to measure success, which is one of the reasons academia was always pushed. The Baker Clause move is a huge step for FE. It represents a welcome shift towards learner-led careers advice, and means pupils leaving school will now understand all the options available to them.

What can FE providers advertise?

  • At age 14 – studio school, university technical colleges and FE colleges

  • At age 16 – FE colleges, sixth form colleges, work-based training and apprenticeships

  • At age 18 – apprenticeships and university degrees

How will the Baker Clause affect you?


Schools are there to support students and make sure they get the best start in life – and the Baker Clause will help schools do just that. There are hundreds of FE providers in the UK, so schools will have to manage the process carefully to make sure headteachers don’t get bombarded with approaches.