Under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997, as of 2 January 2018, maintained schools and academies have a duty to provide pupils in years 8-13 with access to providers of post-14, post-16 and post-18 education and training.


What arrangements are you required to make?


You must have arrangements in place to ensure that pupils have the following opportunities:

  • At age 14, pupils must be provided opportunities to hear from studio schools, university technical colleges (UTCs) and FE colleges regarding opportunities for enrolment at 14 years of age.
  • At age 16, pupils must be provided opportunities to hear from apprenticeship providers, FE colleges, sixth form colleges and work-based training providers.
  • At age 18, pupils must be provided opportunities to hear from apprenticeship and HE providers.


What are pupils entitled to?


Pupils must be allowed to:

  • Learn more about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which informs pupils of the full range of education and training options available to them at each transition point.
  • Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities on offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – this can be achieved through options evenings, assemblies, group discussions and taster events.
  • Understand how to apply to the full range of academic and technical courses.


What is a provider access policy statement?


A provider access policy statement sets out how you manage access requests from potential providers. All maintained schools and academies are required to have one, and, from 2 January 2018, to publish their policy statement on their school website.


What needs to be included?


At a minimum, your policy statement should include the following:

  • What providers need to do to request access, including the contact details of the relevant person., e.g. your careers leader
  • Your rules for granting and refusing access requests.
  • What providers can expect once access has been granted.

 In addition, you may wish to include:

  • Information about what pupils are entitled to.
  • A schedule of the opportunities available to providers throughout the academic year.
  • Your policy on prospectuses, and where providers can leave relevant literature.
  • Approval and review information.


What’s next?


Access our template Provider Access Policy Statement to meet your requirements in minutes. We’ve made it easy to amend and included prompts to help you complete your school-specific requirements.

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Further guidance from the DfE on your requirements regarding providing access to providers is expected in January 2018.




DfE (2017) ‘Technical education and apprenticeships: raising awareness in schools’, <> [Accessed: 23 November 2017]