Academies that fail to observe Baker clause may risk funding cuts

Academies that fail to observe Baker clause may risk funding cuts

Academy schools have been warned that if they do not comply with the Baker clause, they risk having their funding withdrawn.

The so-called Baker clause, which came into force in January 2019, expects all schools to publish a statement on their websites, outlining their careers programmes, technical education opportunities and apprenticeships.

Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, has now re-enforced the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) stance on the issue. He told The Independent: “We expect [the Baker clause] to happen and if it doesn’t then it is possible to take further action”.

Last year, Skills Minister, Anne Milton, warned that any schools who failed to follow the rules would face direct intervention from the Government.

Until recently, the DfE had failed to explicitly state what form this intervention would take, referring instead to ‘warning letters’ which it said would be sent to schools, local authorities and regional schools commissioners.

However, The DfE has now verified that academies who ignore the Baker clause could breach their funding agreement and could face sanctions from their RSC.

A spokesperson for the Baker Dearing Trust, founded by Lord Baker who drafted the Baker clause, said it made no sense to pass a law “and then turn a blind eye when it is ignored”.

According to estimates produced by the Institute for Public Policy Research around two-thirds of secondary schools are believed to be non-compliant with the Baker Clause.