What you need to know

Helping students with their personal development is a key aspect of the education system. It is our duty to provide the new generation with impartial and non-biased high quality careers education and guidance. The Department for Education published it’s revised statutory guidance for careers provision on 1 September 2022, asking all maintained schools & academies to pay particular attention to the 'Baker Clause'. Schools have an important role in correcting the imbalance in careers information which means that in years 9 and 10 far fewer students have been spoken to about technical choices in comparison to academic routes.

This is crucial to ensure that all pupils are aware of the benefits of apprenticeships, T Levels & other approved technical education qualifications and can consider them, alongside academic options, when making decisions about their next steps. You can find more information on the options available.

Read more about the options employers have to get involved


This statutory guidance is for: 

  • governing bodies 
  • school and college leaders 
  • career leaders and staff in maintained schools 
  • academies 
  • free schools (including alternative provision academies and free schools) 
  • colleges (that provide secondary education and post-16 education) 
  • local authorities that maintain pupil referral units 

Statutory guidance is issued by law, you must follow it unless there is a good reason not to. 

It applies to: 

  • all students in school from year 7 to year 13 
  • all students in college up to and including the age of 18 
  • students aged up to 25 with a current education, health and care plan in place 

The Careers and Enterprise Company will provide external support to schools and colleges. 

The above is taken from: Statutory guidance overview: Careers guidance and access for education and training providers - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Ofsted have also updated their school inspection handbook to highlight the details needed for schools to understand and meet the new requirements which can be found below.