Provider Access Statement

Sunbury Manor School: Provider Access Policy Statement  

 

(To include The Department of Education, July 2021: “Baker Clause” and the Provider Access Legislation, January 2023) 

 

Date updated: May 2024

Rationale 

High quality careers education and guidance in school or college is critical to young people’s futures. It helps to prepare them for the workplace by providing a clear understanding of the world of work including the routes to jobs and careers that they might find engaging and rewarding. It supports them to acquire the self-development and career management skills they need to achieve positive employment destinations. This helps students to choose their pathways, improve their life opportunities and contribute to a productive and successful economy. 

As the number of apprenticeships rises every year, it becomes increasingly important that all young people have a full understanding of all the options available to them post-16 and post-18 including wider technical education options such as T-Levels and Higher Technical Qualifications. 

Commitment  

Sunbury Manor School is committed to ensuring there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access students, for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. Sunbury Manor School is fully aware of the responsibility to set students on the path that will secure the best outcome which will enable them to progress in education and work and give employers the highly skilled people they need. That means acting impartially, in line with the statutory duty, and not showing bias towards any route, be that academic or technical.  

Sunbury Manor School endeavours to ensure that all students are aware of all routes to higher skills and are able to access information on technical options and apprenticeships (The Department of Education, July 2021: “Baker Clause”: supporting students to understand the full range of education and training options, and the Provider Access Legislation, January 2023). 

Aims  

Sunbury Manor School policy for Access to other education and training providers has the following aims:  

  • To develop the knowledge and awareness of our students of all career pathways available to them, including technical qualifications and apprenticeships.  
  • To support young people to be able to learn more about opportunities for education and training outside of school before making crucial choices about their future options.  
  • To reduce drop out from courses and avoid the risk of students becoming NEET (Young people not in education, employment or training). 

Student Entitlement  

Sunbury Manor School fully supports the statutory requirement for students to have direct access to other providers of further education training, technical training and apprenticeships.  The school will comply with the new legal requirement to put on at least four encounters with providers of approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships (two encounters in KS3 and two encounters in KS4). This will be done in assemblies and enrichment days in addition to providers attending careers events at school. 

Year Group 

Encounter 

An assembly delivered by the RAF/Army to broaden students’ horizons regarding different careers. Students will gain an insight into what technical qualifications and apprenticeships are and where those routes could lead.  

An assembly delivered by a local college in the Spring Term just before students pick their GCSE options. Students will gain an understanding of the differences between various qualifications such as A-levels/apprenticeships/T-levels, helping them to make a more informed decision about their GCSE choices.  

10 

All students participate in a Year 10 careers day. Students will receive specific information regarding technical qualifications and apprenticeships during their subject taster/careers session that they selected.  

11 

All students receive multiple assemblies from our main feeder colleges (Esher, Strodes, Brooklands, Kingston and Richmond) who cover information about technical qualifications and apprenticeships. All students receive an assembly from ALPS apprenticeships and later have the option to participate in an apprenticeship workshop if they would like to pursue apprenticeships further.  

 

Development  

This policy has been developed and is reviewed annually by the Careers Leader (Laura Lebihan) and Line Manager (Rev Michaela Wood) based on current good practice guidelines by the Department for Education.  

Links with other policies  

It supports and is underpinned by key school policies including those for Careers, Child Protection, Equality and Diversity, and SEND. 

Equality and Diversity  

Access to other providers is available and promoted to allow all students to access information about other providers of further education and apprenticeships. Sunbury Manor School is committed to encouraging all students to make decisions about their future based on impartial information.  

Requests for access 

Requests for access should be directed to Laura Lebihan, Careers Leader.

Laura Lebihan may be contacted by telephone or email, LPacey@sunburymanor.surrey.sch.uk, Tel: 01932784258 Ext: 6049

Grounds for granting requests for access 

Access will be given for providers to attend during school assemblies and Careers or Raising Aspirations events that Sunbury Manor School is arranging. Students may also travel to visit another provider as part of the trip to be organised in partnership with Sunbury Manor School. 

Details of premises or facilities to be provided to a person who is given access 

Sunbury Manor School will provide an appropriate room or assembly hall to be agreed. All rooms have computers, projectors and screens provided. Computer rooms can also be arranged. The Careers Leader will organise this, working closely with the provider to ensure the facilities are appropriate to the audience.  Appropriate safeguarding checks will be carried out.  Providers will be met and supervised by a member of the Careers Team who will facilitate. 

Live/Virtual encounters 

Sunbury Manor School will consider live online encounters with providers where requested, and these may be broadcast into classrooms or the school assembly hall. Technology checks in advance will be required to ensure compatibility of systems.  

Parents and Carers  

Parental involvement is encouraged, and parents may be invited to attend the events to meet the providers.  

Management  

The Careers Leader coordinates all provider requests and is responsible to his/her senior management line manager.  

Complaints Procedure 

Any complaints about this policy should be raised to Laura Lebihan, email:  LPacey@sunburymanor.surrey.sch.uk 

Laura Lebihan will raise the complaint to Rev Michaela Wood, Deputy Head Teacher at Sunbury Manor School.  

Monitoring review and evaluation  

The Policy is monitored and evaluated annually via the Executive Leadership Team.  

Policy Coordinator: Laura Lebihan  

 

Policy Reviewed: May 2024