Alternative Provision: What You Need to Know

What is alternative provision?

Alternative provision (AP), is the term for education outside of the school setting. Sometimes pupils are unable to attend school, whether it be for behavioural, health or other reasons. But it’s still important that these pupils continue to receive an education. Therefore, AP focuses on a child’s needs and interests in a nurturing way. This helps them build confidence and gives them more opportunities in life.

Who attends alternative provision?

AP doesn’t just provide education for those with behavioural difficulties. There are many reasons for pupils to attend –

  • Pupils at risk of permanent exclusion for behaviour
  • Those already permanently excluded from school
  • Any pupil who has been out of education for an extended period
  • Pupils with severe anxiety, depression, or other mental health needs
  • Pregnant schoolgirls, or school age mothers
  • Whilst waiting for assessment of learning difficulties
  • Lack of school places when moving to a new area


AP as a great opportunity

Attending AP must not be viewed as a failure. Moreover, it’s an opportunity to be taken with both hands. Whilst some children will stay in the AP setting for the duration of their school years, for others, it’s just for a few weeks or months. It may be that the best solution is a combination of both. Either way, it’s important to choose the best for each and every pupil as an individual.

Alternative provision can help pupils have a renewed sense of enthusiasm and trust for the educational setting. Having a positive alternative provision experience can help reduce anxiety too.

Why Educate?

Our AP takes a ‘needs-led’ approach. Each and every situation is carefully considered and tailored to each young person. Always with a destination focus in mind. Therefore ensuring that every young person gets where they need to be. No matter their circumstance.