Alternative Provision Directory

What is Alternative Provision?

We believe all children and young people, including those in alternative provision settings, deserve a high-quality education and the chance to fulfil their potential. Alternative Provision (or ‘AP’ for short) refers to education for pupils having trouble accessing education as a result of their mental or physical health, social needs or special educational needs.

AP providers can offer high quality off-site tutoring or intervention services to meet children and young people’s varied and complex needs. Schools can use alternative provision to prevent exclusions or re-engage pupils in their education, whether this is a return to mainstream school, specialist provider or post-16 provision.

The Telford and Wrekin Alternative Provision Directory will show a list of organisations currently offering a range of AP services accessible to students in Telford. Each of the AP providers have confirmed they meet a number of important standards including safeguarding, insurance and health and safety.

Level 1 – The provider has self-assessed against minimum criteria and declared that they meet the standards for Safeguarding and Health and Safety

Level 2 – The Local Authority has undertaken a Quality Assurance visit and ratified the provider’s Safeguarding and Health and Safety procedures.

All the alternative provisions found in this directory have been quality assured to level 2.

Schools

Schools and other educational establishments have a responsibility to ensure that pupils accessing AP services are safe and are able to learn and achieve. They should therefore make sure appropriate quality assurance checks are undertaken before commissioning an AP provider and satisfy themselves that providers are not operating as unregistered independent schools.

If a provider is offering:

  • full-time education to 5 children, or
  • full-time education to 1 child with an EHCP, or
  • full-time education to 1 looked after child.

Then the provider should be registered as an independent school and state-maintained schools must not commission alternative provision from them until they have done so. In the case of independent schools, case law suggests that 18 hours of provision a week equates to full-time education.

Whilst the Local Authority has undertaken an initial quality assurance process to confirm that Safeguarding and Health and Safety arrangements meet minimum standards, the school will retain ultimate responsibility for any child on their roll and will therefore need to confirm these arrangements. The Local Authority hasn’t quality assured the Quality of Education with the provider; this will remain the responsibility of the home school. There is a template available for schools to complete these checks, please contact Dean Peckham at dean.peckham1@taw.org.uk for this template.

If you are an alternative provider and you want to be in the directory, please email Dean Peckham using the email address above.