Baker Clause Policy Statement

Baker Clause Policy statement for Rainhill Sixth Form

Entry for education and training providers
At Rainhill Sixth Form, we pride ourselves on giving personalised support to all students to progress to whatever destination is best for them, whether this be vocational or academic.

Rainhill Sixth Form uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our Pathways and Enrichment programme – The Supercurriculum.
We understand that from January 2, 2018 the Baker Clause, inserted within the Technical and Further Education Act, came into enforcement meaning it is now statutory for all local authority-maintained schools and academies to allow education and training providers the opportunity to talk to pupils about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships.

Rainhill Sixth Form has close relationships with employers, apprenticeship providers and establishments which provide technical qualifications post 18. Over the past two Academic years, we have welcomed the following providers to work with our students:

  • Balfour Beatty Construction;
  • Barclay’s Bank;
  • PWC;
  • Mercers Actuaries;
  • United Utilities;
  • Manchester Metropolitan University to discuss Degree Apprenticeships;
  • St Helen’s Chamber;
  • Apprenticeship Hub – Liverpool;
  • Waterside Training;
  • BAE systems;
  • IBM;
  • NHS;

Alongside this, annually, we extend the offer to all Year 13 students to attend the National Apprenticeship Exhibition (in Manchester or Bolton) where they can access a number of apprenticeship providers in a careers fair set up. This trip is run in the October of Year 13.

Clear Arrangements in place to allow providers access
Further, the Baker Clause states that schools must have clearly stated arrangements in place to ensure that all pupils have opportunities to hear from providers about post-18 options at, and leading up to, important transition points.
Rainhill Sixth Form annually publish a calendar for CEIAG and also the Supercurrciulum via the website and in paper form which allows for pupils, parents, local and national employers and the public to access this information at any point in time. The CEIAG plan follows the Gatsby benchmark framework and the Supercurriculum plan further supports this.

The stable careers programme is planned in advance of the Academic year and over the past two Academic years has seen partnerships/opportunities with:

  • Balfour Beatty Construction;
  • Barclay’s Bank;
  • PWC;
  • Mercers Actuaries;
  • United Utilities;
  • Manchester Metropolitan University to discuss Degree Apprenticeships;
  • St Helen’s Chamber;
  • Apprenticeship Hub – Liverpool;
  • Waterside Training;
  • BAE systems;
  • IBM;
  • NHS;

The current Gatsby framework CEIAG plan can be accessed at: https://www.rainhillsixthform.org.uk/progression-and-careers-programme/
Please note, as this plan is published in the September of the Academic year, it is subject to change as providers needs or students’ needs evolve throughout the year.

Policy statement outlining how providers can access, rules and what to expect
The Baker Clause also states that all schools must also publish a policy statement outlining how providers can access them, the rules for granting and refusing access, and what providers can expect once granted access.

Our policy for this is outlined below:
How providers can access Rainhill Sixth Form
In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the Key Stage 5 Progression Mentor, Miss Joanne Morrell via email: joanne.morrell@rainhillhigh.org.uk Providers must allow for 6 weeks lead time where possible.

The rules for granting and refusing access:
All requests from providers will be considered by the Progression Mentor, the Director of Sixth Form and Rainhill High School SLT. The plans will be evaluated in light of:

  • Staffing availability to support the activity;
  • Clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits;
  • Value for money and added value to the students involved;
  • Interruption to preparation for examinations;
  • Rooming and space availability to host the activity.
  • What providers can expect once granted access:

Providers can expect:
An assignment to, and regular contact with, the Progression Mentor to arrange and confirm plans before the day;
The use of the Sixth Form Study Area, appropriate classrooms or the Conference room;
Access to the Sixth Form’s AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations plus technical support from our ICT technicians if needed. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Progression Mentor;
To have their literature displayed in the careers library if they wish post-the event and also support to follow up if needed via the Progression Mentor.