Finding alternative provision
Alternative provision is for pupils who would not otherwise receive a suitable education.
This may be due to:
- exclusion, illness or behaviour
- the pupil is unable to access full-time mainstream education
- a full-time mainstream offer is not suitable
The local authority or the school can commission alternative provision for pupils.
Schools remain responsible for safeguarding of a pupil in alternative provision.
Please see the alternative provision policy [657.5 KB] [pdf].
How to commission alternative provision
Find a suitable provider
To find providers, we recommend that schools use the:
All the providers listed meet East Sussex County Council’s specification. This is a robust compliance and quality assurance process.
The Council reviews the directory annually. Before commissioning a provider, schools should check there are no changes.
The directory lists Ofsted registered providers. It also includes those not inspected by Ofsted, such as tutors and online learning providers.
Check what they offer
Complete a referral to the provider to confirm the provider can:
- meet the pupil’s needs
- offer a programme which meets the pupil’s goals
- support the pupil to make progress and re-engage with your school, or post-16 provision
Complete the checklist
Complete the Alternative provision quality assurance checklist [32.3 KB] [docx]
Review each term
- Review the pupil provision with the pupil, their parent or carer and the provider.
- Notify the AP Commissioner of any concerns.
Raising a concern about a provider
Immediately email APCommissioning@eastsussex.gov.uk if there are any concerns about:
- health and safety
- quality of teaching and learning
How providers join the directory
A provider who wants to join the directory should contact the Alternative Provision Commissioning Team:
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