How can Alternative Provision be delivered?
So AP is not a physical school? Well, in short, not always. Alternative Provision can be sometimes delivered in several different settings, including:
- Youth Centre settings
- Sports facilities
- Outdoor learning centres
- Forest Schools
- Animal-assisted therapeutic centres
- Vocational and practical settings like car mechanics or hairdressers
- Community centre settings
Alternative Provisions challenge the pre-conceptions of what a typical school ‘looks like.’ They are less traditional in their appearance but remain committed to supporting pupil development.
Class sizes at Alternative Provisions are much smaller, enabling them to deliver more bespoke support to students, including more regular pastoral support.
Depending on their individual needs, students attend on either a full-time or part-time basis. For some students, Alternative Provision is a chance to build confidence and improve behaviour and for others, it is all about reintegrating back into mainstream school – this means attending for a fixed-term period and then going back to mainstream.