Category type of programme

consultations

Here are the reports of the three group discussions around the literature review. These were held on June 4 and have now been checked with participants for accuracy. GROUP ONE:  We begin with one of the discussants from mainstream education stating that there should not be a separate sector of alternative provision. It is against […]

who attends and what is on offer?

Two key issues that are highlighted in the literatures are related to WHO is enrolled in alternative education and WHAT IS ON OFFER to them. (1) Enrolment There are three issues of concern related to enrolment – (a) who is on the roll, (b) referral processes and (c) barriers to access. (a)   Who is on […]

mapping alternative education by programme or purpose

Here are two more ways to think about alternative education: Thomson and Russell (2007) took a programmatic approach to mapping alternative provision suggesting nine different foci  and approach. This chimes with that taken by OfSTED (2011). Each of these programmes might then be understood by duration, enrolment and location. Nature of programme Type of activity Examples […]

mapping the field of alternative education

The US scholar Aron (2003, 2006; Aron & Zweig, 2003) has argued that developing a typology of alternative education provision  is not reflective of what actually happens. She suggested that in reality the practice in alternative education programmes and schools has always showed blurred and overlapping elements. Together with Zweig (2003) she analysed ways of categorising […]

defining alternative education

Official guidance to English schools about statutory requirements for the education of children under the school leaving age states that alternative education is … 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 […]