Special Needs

Why Your Alternative Provision Programme Needs Updating

Alternative Provision is a way of ensuring that the educational needs of the most vulnerable children are met, but its bad reputation has made it hard for schools to know how to best support students who need it. Jacqueline Daniel outlines recent improvements to the AP programmes and explores some recent recommendations to government.

Why is Alternative Provision important?

There have been increasing concerns over the rise in school exclusions in recent years; between 2016 and 2017 it was reported that exclusions rose by 1,000 pupils. Those who suffer exclusions are predominantly made up of the most vulnerable in our society. The Timpson Review found that vulnerable groups of children are more likely to be excluded, with 78 per cent of permanent exclusions issued to children who had special educational needs (SEN), or who were classified as in need or eligible for free school meals. Yet, this inevitably only works towards making those children more vulnerable. 

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