Children and young people may be offered alternative provision for a range of reasons. Intervening early to help turn pupils around before they become disengaged from education is a key focus of the work of the service and support is provided to schools to ensure appropriate interventions before a pupil arrives at the point where a permanent exclusion is inevitable. The service facilitates and encourages the involvement of the young person in all its work.
The local authority has a statutory duty to provide education for pupils who are permanently excluded from school, from day six of any such exclusion. The Education Inclusion team fulfils this duty, working with the school, pupil and family to ensure suitable, full-time education is in place for permanently excluded pupils. This includes co-ordination of multi-agency meetings where appropriate. Officers work closely with colleagues including school staff, governing bodies, support agencies and alternative education providers to support the individual needs and aspirations of pupils and ensure each young person receives the right support.
The service also facilitates managed transfers and admissions into another mainstream school or alternative provision, ensuring that access to education is secured quickly for children and young people who have no school place. All personalised learning programmes are carefully planned and strategies implemented, providing every child or young person with a personalised education plan, which is tailored to their individual needs and provides a relevant curriculum with clear educational and social outcomes.
The local authority commissions a range of alternative provision and ensures the best quality and value for money for vulnerable children and young people. This includes identifying providers who can adequately meet the needs of children and young people on personalised learning programmes.