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With the growing demand for alternative provision and concerns about the service, our Optimising Alternative Provision in Education course is ideally timed to ensure you are able to effectively provide and commission high quality alternative provision. This small interactive workshop will allow you to take away the knowledge needed to implement effective policies on how to track attainment within alternative provisions.

As the Government undertake an inquiry into alternative provision, it is essential that the government, local authorities, schools and other providers to do all they can to improve educational outcomes and life chances for students in alternative provision. This training course will provide you with a unique opportunity to discuss alternative provisions in education with leading experts in the field, in an informal workshop setting.

Only around 1 per cent of young people in state alternative provision receive five good GCSEs. This course gives you the tools to best support students, provide the highest quality alternative provision and achieve better outcomes for students.

Led by experienced education practitioner, Seamus Oates, take this opportunity to benchmark your provision and leave the day with a clear strategy that ensures students within alternative provision have appropriate access to the national curriculum and are supported through their progress.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Learn best practice from schools and local authorities that commission alternative provision effectively
  • Develop multi-agency procedures that secure positive outcomes for children
  • Ensure a high quality of alternative provision for all students by supporting providers to access appropriate training and information
  • Utilise data to track progress and share the information effectively to deliver outcomes for students
  • Evaluate your current processes and use planning techniques to ensure successful alternative provision
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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9.15 - 9.45


9.45 - 10.00

Chair’s Welcome & Clarification of Learning Objectives

10.00 - 10.55

Understanding Guidance and Policy Developments around Alternative Provision

  • Explore the national trends concerned with students in AP and how their outcomes vary
  • Understand current AP policies
  • Explore the key concerns of the Department of Education and the Education select committee
  • Learn how The Difference has been working to improve outcomes for excluded pupils and reduce school exclusions
10.55 - 11.10

Morning Break

11.10 - 12.00

Partnership Working between Schools and Local Authorities

  • Manage effective partnerships to re-engage pupils with their learning
  • Share information effectively to develop personalised pathways for pupils
  • Develop strategies to reintegrate students into mainstream schools
  • Create a shared vision between schools and local authorities to reduce exclusion rates and pressures on alternative provision where possible
12.00 - 13.00

Quality Assurance in Alternative Provision

Wandsworth Council was at the forefront of Pan-London work to implement a framework for quality assurance in AP

  • Manage consistency regarding enrolment, registration and other standards
  • Support providers to access appropriate safeguarding training and information
  • Develop a quality assurance process to maintain and improve standards
13.00 - 13.45


13.45 - 14.15

Monitoring Alternative Provision and Pupil Progress

  • Make use of data to track pupil progress and develop information sharing techniques
  • Establish assessment techniques that suitably track attainment within alternative provision
  • Ensure that your organisation gets best value for money when considering alternative provision choices
14.15 - 15.00

Delivering the National Curriculum alongside Alternative Provision

  • Why harnessing students’ creativity and their passion in performing arts and creative media re-engages them in learning
  • Ensure the continued education of children and young people in a supportive and nurturing education environment
  • Support pupils to address any emotional and behavioural difficulties which affect their development
  • Deliver robust tailored teaching techniques for English and maths
15.00 - 16.00

Workshop: Ensuring Positive Educational Outcomes for Excluded Pupils (Flexible Coffee Break)

This plenary workshop session will be lead by the chair 

  • Develop a strategy for your institution through a question & answer session with the speakers from the days session
  • Take part in a discussion centred around the next steps for alternative provisions
  • Evaluate your current processes and use planning techniques to improve outcomes for students
  • Work together to reduce the number of exclusions and pressures on alternative provision
16.00 - 16.15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


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