Monthly Archives: October 2014

Case Study Six: Everton Free School

Brief Description of The Provision In January 2012 Everton Free School (EFS) was one of several football clubs encouraged by the Department for Education to apply to open a free school. They were successful in their application, which was put forward through the Everton Trust, who oversee Everton’s work in the community. The go-ahead was […]

Case Study Five: DV8 Training

Brief Description of The Provision DV8 is part of the Hawkswood group which commissions, broker and quality assure alternative provision in their borough. Schools pool money to pay for this service. It is however an independent company which began life managing and staging events. The DV8 training centre is a small community centre building situated […]

Case Study Four: Core

Brief Description of The Provision Core is an organisation that has a long history (17 years) of providing ‘wrap-around’ packages for young people in foster care. This includes providing foster carers, but also therapy, and educational support for the young people. Core moved into alternative education only recently; they have been providers of AP for […]

Case Study Three: Commander Joe’s and Top Valley Academy

Brief Description of The Provision Commando Joe’s is a military-inspired fun and fitness programme. It is commissioned by mainstream primary and secondary schools and APs to work with groups of young people for a variety of reasons commonly associated with improving educational outcomes, engagement and wellbeing. It began five years ago, with one ex-military instructor. […]

Case Study Two: Bryn Y Deryn

Brief Description of The Provision Bryn y Deryn PRU (BYD) has been in operation for nearly twenty years, although in slightly different forms. It now caters for pupils throughout the County of Cardiff and has capacity for 44 key stage four pupils. It is based in a quiet residential area and students are transported to […]

Case Study One: Apricot Online

Brief description of the provision Apricot Learning Online is an online provision and can be accessed from anywhere in the UK. Head office consists of a small team of full time members of ‘operations’ staff; Managing director, director, education coordinator and technician.   Teachers are recruited on a freelance basis and they work from wherever they […]

Report finished!!

Our research report was launched yesterday. It is now available on a new publications page on this site. The blog will operate sporadically from now on and will chart the talks and papers we are developing from the research.