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What is Alternative Provision?

There are a number of different definitions for alternative provision.

The first comes from statutory guidance from the Department for Education, Alternative Provision 2013

Education arranged by local authorities or schools for pupils who, because of exclusion, illness or other reasons, would not otherwise receive suitable education; education arranged by schools for pupils on a fixed period exclusion; and pupils being directed by schools to off-site provision to improve their behaviour.

A three year survey OfSTED into alternative provision by OfSETD takes a more strategic view. ” Alternative provision can be defined as something in which a young person participates as part of their regular timetable away from the site of the school or the pupil referral unit where they are enrolled and not led by school staff”  OFSTED Alternative Provision July 2014.

Directed off-site Registered Alternative Provision Checklist Nov 2023
Unregistered Alternative Provision Checklist Nov 2023

In West Sussex, Alternative Provision is delivered in the following ways:

  • Alternative Curriculum Pathways in Schools
  • West Sussex Alternative Provision College – commissioned by West Sussex County Council
  • “Near to School” provision – local provision commissioned by schools for their community
  • Independent Alternative Provision (IAP) – alternative provision to complement or supplement provision in school, including activities such as bushcraft, art, angling, forest school and equine therapy.

Last updated 23 January 2024

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