There is a quality assurance process for alternative provision. This supports schools to secure high-quality provision for pupils.
Keeping children safe in education is everyone’s responsibility.
The quality assurance process
Providers apply to the Alternative Provision Commissioning Team.
They complete a form and provide supporting certificates and policies.
The local authority quality assures the applications and policies. Successful providers appear in the Alternative provision directory | East Sussex 1Space.
Stage 1 – the application
The local authority compliance checks include:
- details of the provider and main contact
- registration with the Department for Education and Ofsted
- description of curriculum offer (such as GCSEs and short courses)
- financial and insurance checks
- polices, process and risk assessments
- safeguarding arrangements and Designated Safeguarding Lead contact
- safer recruitment processes and single central record
- equality and diversity or inclusive practice
- health and safety arrangements and lead competent person
We discuss unsuccessful applications with the provider and advise them how to reapply. Successful applications progress to stage 2.
Stage 2 - Quality assurance
We visit the provider to complete a quality assurance visit and make these checks:
- Compliance details supplied by the provider are correct.
- Relevant insurance is in place.
- Health and safety checks of the site or provision.
- Safeguarding processes are in place.
- Relevant policies and procedures are available for the visit.
- Staff are available to discuss the curriculum offer and accreditation, where appropriate.
- Where relevant, risk assessments are available for the visit.
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