• Out-of-date pregnancy guidance isn’t helping schools, say critics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

  • How can schools better support young parents?

    The government recently announced they will be collecting data on pregnant pupils transferred from mainstream to alternative schools from next September. What they do with this data is crucial. New research from Action for Children shows that young people who have become parents by the age of 25 are less likely to have moved into

    5.00 Nov. 7th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Pupils face postcode lottery for well-funded alternative provision schools

    The quality of alternative provision for excluded pupils varies wildly across the country, and even between adjacent authorities, exclusive data obtained by Schools Week reveals. In fact, unequal funding structures between councils mean pupils can end up £4,000 worse off than those from neighbouring regions. The data shows that 86 per cent of councils have

    5.00 Oct. 21st, 2017 | News

  • Pregnant? Offender? What the government wants to know about AP pupils

    Explanations for why pupils are moved into alternative provision are to be centrally collected for the first time under changes coming into effect next year. The move will help government understand if alternative provision is used appropriately by mainstream schools. From January 2018, councils will have to collect additional data about pupils in PRUs and

    5.00 Oct. 20th, 2017 | News

  • Academy trusts spend millions on uninspected private alternative provision

    Multi-academy trusts spend three times as much on private alternative provision as they do on local authority alternative provision – even though many private providers have never been checked by Ofsted. Schools Week asked the largest multi-academy trusts to give details of the private alternative providers they have used to educate their pupils over the

    5.00 Sep. 25th, 2017 | News