Today’s Education in the Media looks at a letter being sent out by Lord Agnew, reminding schools of their responsibilities under the Baker Clause, as well as the Education Secretary’s article in The Times on free speech in higher education.
Baker Clause and T Levels
Today, Friday 7 February, Schools Minister Lord Agnew will be sending a letter to the headteachers of all maintained secondary schools and academies in England urging them to take action this coming term to comply with the Baker Clause. This was covered today by the Independent.
The Baker Clause requires schools to publish a policy statement setting out the opportunities for providers of technical education and apprenticeships to visit their school to talk to pupils.
School Systems Minister Lord Agnew said:
Our reforms to technical education will provide clearer, high quality choices meaning the training and qualifications available provide a world class alternative to traditional academic routes.
T Levels are launching in September this year, offering high-quality technical alternatives to A levels. It is more important than ever that headteachers give their pupils the chance to talk with providers so they are able to work out whether a technical education might be right for them.
We have a responsibility to make sure that young people are able to make informed choices based on their aptitudes and ambitions. This will give them the chance to realise their full potential.
Today, the Times published an article by the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson about the importance of upholding free speech on university campuses.
You can also read the full piece on our blog.