Alternative provision statutory guidance

Department for Education

This statutory guidance is for:

  • headteachers
  • local authorities
  • governing bodies

It applies to all educational settings providing alternative provision (AP):

AP settings are places that provide education for children who can’t go to a mainstream school.

This guidance covers the use of AP where:

  • local authorities arrange education for pupils who, because of exclusion, illness or other reasons, would not otherwise receive suitable education
  • schools arrange education for pupils on a fixed-period exclusion
  • schools arrange education for pupils to improve their behaviour off-site

Our directory of alternative provision providers can be found here.

Department for Education
Statutory Guidance
Date Published
Updated June 2016
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