Alternative provision for all ages
We believe all children and young people, including those in alternative provision settings, deserve a high quality education and the chance to fulfil their potential.
Please see our directories below to view providers of part time or full time alternative provision, tutoring, complementary provision or view all services in our alternative provision category. Use the filters to search by district and age. You can also search by provider type, such as those providers who have been successful in registering as an alternative education provider on SCC’s Dynamic Purchasing Scheme, or other providers.
Providers who have registered on our Alternative Provision Framework/Dynamic Purchasing System have an "AP DPS" image next to their listing. These are our current providers.
Successful providers on our Alternative Provision DPS have to ensure compliance against a number of categories but also successfully answer three quality questions relating to their previous experience, engagement methods and monitoring and evaluation methods.
Please note education providers must ensure when commissioning alternative provision for their children and young people they must comply with the Department for Education's statutory guidance on Alternative Provision. In addition, education providers must ensure they have robust arrangements in place to monitor and quality assure when placing pupils direct with any alternative provider, including those who are a provider on the Alternative Provision DPS.
What is alternative provision?
Alternative provision provides education for pupils who are excluded, sick, or otherwise unable to attend a mainstream or specialist setting. It is for children of compulsory school age unless the person has an Education Health and Care Plan and then it is up to age 25.
Who is it aimed at?
Although the vast majority of children and young people attend mainstream settings and academies to receive their education, some children and young people benefit from receiving some, or all, of their education and support in ‘offsite’ settings that are delivered away from their school. This may be on a short or long term basis.
Who organises it?
In the first instance, please speak to your school setting who can organise directly, if you are on their school roll.
In some circumstances, the County Council is responsible for making these arrangements on behalf of the children or young person and/or their school. This includes when a child or young person has been permanently excluded from education or where specialist services have discharged responsibility to arrange suitable and complementary alternative provision for vulnerable groups of young people, such as those who are:
- Holding an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
- Known to the Youth Offending Service
- Looked After Children (LAC) including Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)
- Arriving in the Local Authority part way through Year 11
We will commission appropriate provision for children and young people through the alternative provision framework/Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).
Alternative education can be provided by one of our pupil referral units, other providers and tutors from the private and voluntary sectors via our Dynamic Purchasing System, or further education colleges.
Please see our directories below to view providers of part time or full time alternative provision, tutoring, complementary provision or view all services in our alternative provision category.
Providers with the" AP DPS" image have registered on our Alternative Provision Framework/Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).
Can you tell me more about providers on the Staffordshire County Council alternative provision list?
These providers have gone through a series of quality and policy checks. These checks included how they could deliver:
- Excellent and high quality education.
- Outcome focused education services that meet the needs of individual pupils.
These providers have an "AP DPS" logo at the top right of their entry. Please see our directories below to view providers of part time or full time alternative provision, tutoring, complementary provision or view all services in our alternative provision category.
It is anticipated that providers on the Staffordshire County Council alternative provision list will change over time.
How do I access alternative provision?
If your child is not receiving a suitable education because of:
- a permanent exclusion, a referral will be made to our inclusion team .
- an illness, or other reason, please discuss with your child’s home school in the first instance, who may need to contact an Education Welfare Worker.
Pupils who do not have a school roll should contact the Education Welfare Worker by making a referral to the Local Support Team.
Pupils attending a non-Staffordshire setting but who live in Staffordshire, should contact an Education Welfare Worker in the first instance by making a referral to the Local Support Team.
If your child has received a fixed period exclusion of more than five school days, your child’s school will arrange alternative provision if appropriate.
I am a provider, can I register for future tender opportunities?
Tender opportunities will be undertaken through the Authority’s e-tendering system Proactis. Suppliers should register onto the system by completing their details first, then registering their interest to this specific tender opportunity by searching under reference 1001292. Please see our user guide for more information.
Where can I go for further information?
Please see the following guidance for more information:
- Department for Education’s creating opportunity for all: our vision for alternative provision – March 2018
- Alternative provision statutory guidance for local authorities, as well as headteachers and governing bodies of settings providing alternative provision – Updated June 2016
- Department for Education’s statutory guidance for supporting pupils with medical needs
- Staffordshire County Council’s protocol for children who are missing education with health/medical needs.