Monday 18th May 2020

Can schools merge their provider access statement and their careers programme information


To meet the requirements set out in section 42B of the Education Act 1997, schools should present their provider access statement and details of their careers programme separately and should not merge them together or publish them as part of related policies.1

The DfE’s ‘Careers guidance and access for education and training providers’ states that schools may present their careers programme information and provider access statement in a way that best suits their needs, providing that all statutory requirements are met. For example, they may choose to incorporate their provider access statement into a wider careers plan, or publish their careers programme information alongside the relevant policies.2

These requirements apply to:

  • Maintained schools
  • Community schools
  • Foundation or voluntary schools
  • Academies and free schools
  • Community or foundation special schools (other than those established in a hospital)
  • PRUs

1 DfE (2020) (Telephone conversation about whether schools’ careers programme and provider access information can be merged) [Personal communication: 7 May 2020]

2 DfE (2018) ‘Careers guidance and access for education and training providers’, para. 27 and 75