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Alternative provision: how to choose and work with providers
Download our alternative provision (AP) audit to help you decide whether a provider is suitable for your pupils. Plus, find out how Ofsted inspects your AP and how you should work with the provider during your pupil's stay there.
We've taken the information in this article from:
- The Department for Education's (DfE's) statutory guidance on AP for local authorities (LAs) (pages 10 to 13)
- A report on alternative provision from Ofsted's 3-year survey of schools' use of AP
- The School Inspection Handbook (pages 24 and 67 to 68)
Our associate education expert, Gulshan Kayembe, also helped us write this article.
Know what a good AP looks like
A good AP:
- Has good academic attainment (it should be as good as in mainstream schools, especially in English, maths and science)
- Supports pupils with their personal, social and academic needs, and allows them to overcome barriers to attainment
- Motivates pupils to learn, develops their self-confidence and improves their attendance
- Assesses pupils effectively, helping them reintegrate into mainstream education, further education, training or employment
Suit your pupil's capabilities and help them take appropriate qualifications Have highly skilled, trained and qualified staff to help pupils make progress Work closely with outside agencies, including: Social care services Educational psychology services Child and adolescent mental health
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