Provider Access Legislation
High quality careers education and guidance in school or college is critical to young people’s futures. It helps to prepare them for the workplace by providing a clear understanding of the world of work including the routes to jobs and careers that they might find engaging and rewarding. It supports them to acquire the self-development and career management skills they need to achieve positive employment destinations. This helps students to choose their pathways, improve their life opportunities and contribute to a productive and successful economy.
As the number of apprenticeships rises every year, it becomes increasingly important that all young people have a full understanding of all the options available to them post-16 and post-18 including wider technical education options such as T-Levels and Higher Technical Qualifications.
The Corbet School is committed to ensuring there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access students, for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. The Corbet School is fully aware of the responsibility to set students on the path that will secure the best outcome which will enable them to progress in education and work and give employers the highly skilled people they need. That means acting impartially, in line with the statutory duty, and not showing bias towards any route, be that academic or technical.
The Corbet School endeavours to ensure that all students are aware of all routes to higher skills and can access information on technical options and apprenticeships (The Department of Education, July 2021: “Baker Clause”: supporting students to understand the full range of education and training options, and the Provider Access Legislation, January 2023).
The Corbet School’s approach for access to other education and training providers has the following aims:
- To develop the knowledge and awareness of our students of all career pathways available to them, including technical qualifications and apprenticeships.
- To support young people to be able to learn more about opportunities for education and training outside of school before making crucial choices about their future options.
- To reduce drop out from courses and avoid the risk of students becoming NEET (Young people not in education, employment, or training).
The Corbet School fully supports the statutory requirement for students to have direct access to other providers of further education training, technical training, and apprenticeships. The school will comply with the new legal requirement to put on at least six encounters with providers of approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships. This will be done in assemblies in National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers Week, in addition to providers attending careers events at school or at each Trust school.
Equality and Diversity
Access to other providers is available and promoted to allow all students to access information about other providers of further education and apprenticeships. The Corbet School is committed to encouraging all students to make decisions about their future based on impartial information.
Request for access
Requests for access should be directed the Careers Education lead by contacting email@example.com or calling 01939 260296.
Grounds for granting requests for access
Access will be given for providers to attend our school assemblies, timetabled Careers/PSHEE Lessons or events that The Corbet School is arranging. Students may also travel to visit another provider as part of an organised trip.
Details of premises or facilities to be provided to a person who is given access.
The Corbet School will provide an appropriate room or assembly hall to be agreed. All rooms have computers and screens provided. Computer rooms can also be arranged. The Careers Lead, with Admin support will arrange this collaborating closely with the provider to ensure the facilities are appropriate to the audience. Appropriate safeguarding checks will be conducted. Providers will be met and supervised by a member of the Careers Team who will facilitate.
Live and Virtual encounters
The Corbet School will consider live online encounters with providers where requested, and these may be broadcast into classrooms or the school assembly hall. Technology checks in advance will be required to ensure compatibility of systems.
Parents and Carers
Parental involvement is encouraged, and parents may be invited to attend the events to meet the providers.
The Careers Lead coordinates all provider requests and is responsible to their senior management line manager.