Baker Clause

The Baker Clause (Provider Access Legislation – PAL – January 2023) stipulates that schools must allow colleges and training providers access to every student in years 8-13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available to them.  

Please view our Provider Access policy.

The PAL states that pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

  • to at least six encounters with providers of technical education or apprenticeships during years 8-13.
  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic & technical courses.

Magdalen College School will arrange for external providers to speak with students as above and will deliver information about technical qualifications and apprenticeships through the PCSHE programme, through assemblies & tutor time activities, and through the use of external speakers.

Procedural requirements in relation to requests for access:

A provider wishing to request access should contact the Curriculum Manager via: or phone the school on 01280 846300.

Opportunities for access

Provision for Careers information, guidance advice & support (CIAGS) for Magdalen students is delivered largely within PCSHE programme; extra provision is focused in advance of points of transition ie:

  • In year 8 in preparation for choosing GCSE options
  • In year 10 in preparation for choosing post-16 pathways in year 11
  • In year 12 in preparation for post-A level pathways

These events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to visit the school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.  An overview of the Magdalen careers provision is available on the school website - please click this link: Careers. Stand-alone events outside of this programme are unlikely to be granted.  Please speak to the Careers Leader, Mr I Horner: to identify the most suitable opportunity within this programme.

We may accommodate colleges and training providers in any of the following ways: assemblies, engagement events, 1:1 introduction for students and their parents.  When contacting the school please allow a minimum of 6 weeks lead time for us to make any necessary adaptations to our students’ school day.

Grounds for granting and refusing requests for access

The Headteacher may – at his or her discretion – refuse a request if it would be likely to be detrimental to the safety or wellbeing of children or staff, or if granting the request would be likely to bring the academy or the Trust into disrepute.
Details of premises or facilities to be provided to a person who is given access:

  • A large room within the school (for example, the hall or gym).
  • Audio-visual equipment, including a laptop and suitable projector.
  • Pens, paper and pencils as required.
  • At least one member of academy staff.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the careers resource centre in the library, managed by the school librarian. The library is available to all students at lunch and break times.