• AP school opens with just eight pupils

    The first alternative provision school to be run in the UK by a major charity that believes in personalising learning for each child is preparing to open in Doncaster – with eight pupils. The Big Picture School, which is based on a philosophy of adapting the environment to each child, is due to receive its

    5.00 Jan. 21st, 2019 | News

  • Spielman warns off-rolling 'could get worse' after sharp rise in pupils leaving school before GCSEs

    Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has warned that the problem of schools removing pupils from the roll in order to manipulate exam results “absolutely could get worse” if it is not tackled effectively. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live today, Spielman told listeners that the education watchdog is looking into the “worrying” issue of off-rolling,

    16.26 Aug. 28th, 2018 | News

  • Is this the real exclusions 'scandal' - leaving too many kids in mainstream?

    How can the education committee claim the current level of school exclusions is too high, when no one even knows what the correct level should be, argues John Blake Every child in England is entitled to an education. Thus, this week’s report from the parliamentary education committee, on the experiences of students removed from mainstream schools as

    12.00 Jul. 27th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Make schools publish termly exclusions and leavers data, and 9 other recommendations from the education committee

    Schools should be forced to publish termly data on the number of exclusions they make and the number of pupils who leave of their own volition, MPs have said. The parliamentary education committee has released a report on exclusions, which calls for a “bill of rights” for excluded pupils and improvements to alternative provision. Here

    0.01 Jul. 25th, 2018 | News

  • Out-of-date pregnancy guidance isn’t helping schools, say critics

    A worrying lack of up-to-date guidance on how to ensure pregnant pupils continue their education is fuelling a rise in the use of alternative provision for those expecting a baby. The government claims five-year-old advice on how to deal with pupils with “health needs” – which makes no specific mention of pregnancy – is good

    5.00 Jul. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Alternative provision academy trusts keen to open secure schools

    Academy chains that cater for excluded pupils are keen to open new secure schools for young offenders, but the response from mainstream trusts has been muted. The government is encouraging trusts to bid for facilities for imprisoned pupils aged 12 to 17, two years after the idea of secure schools was first proposed by the

    5.00 Jun. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Forget behaviour policies: we need behaviour culture!

    Alternative provision takes in pupils who’ve proved too challenging for mainstream education, but the techniques AP teachers use are transferable, writes Sarah Holding Building positive relationships is at the heart of effective behaviour management. A strong relationship connects us to our students and without that connection our ability to influence and lead them is diminished.

    5.00 Apr. 29th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Stop siphoning off children into alternative provision

    Val Gillies spent three years researching in-school alternative provision. We asked her what the best examples looked like To be honest, I’m more than a little hesitant about endorsing any in-school alternative provision. I think it’s an indictment of the current system that segregated education is now considered normal and necessary. What ever happened to

    5.00 Mar. 10th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Excluded pupils must have protective 'bill of rights', says education committee chair

    Excluded pupils should be protected by a “bill of rights” that would allow proper scrutiny of their school’s decision to kick them out, the influential chair of the education select committee has said. Robert Halfon is concerned about the lack of protection for pupils and their parents in situations where schools may have wrongly excluded

    5.00 Feb. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • Harris to move alternative provision pupils to new vocational school site

    Harris has announced plans to move its Aspire AP academy, which caters for pupils at risk of exclusion, onto the same site as its new vocational sixth-form. The Harris Professional Skills Sixth-Form, also known as HPS6F, is a free school opening in south London in September which is unusual for only offering vocational courses. Harris

    7.00 Jan. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Government needs to rethink the alternative provision census expansion

    The government needs to stop and think before rushing into an expansion of the alternative provision census, argues Jen Persson From the disastrous effects of the Universal Credit on children and the pupil premium, through the SEN crisis to the upbeat people of edTechUK, we constantly hear the call for more data. But more isn’t

    5.00 Dec. 10th, 2017 | Opinion