Brief Description The Hawkswood group includes several AP provisions – KS4 therapeutic provision, a primary PRU and a complex secondary PRU. The group also commission, broker and quality assure the LA-approved AP providers in the borough, which include: Waltham Forest College DV8 College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London Leyton Construction Skills Centre This […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Pat has recently written in other places about issues related to alternative education: (1) The Conversation. “It’s good TV, but most excluded boys can’t afford Mr Drew’s summer school” 13 May, 2014 (2) The Conversation “What lower truancy numbers don’t tell us about the children still missing class” June 4, 2014 (3) BERA Respecting Children and […]