Alternative provision for pupils outside school system examined

06 March 2018

The Education Committee questions local authorities, headteacher representatives and alternative provision providers, as part of the inquiry into alternative provision.


 Tuesday 6 March in Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 10am - Panel 1

  • Claire George, Head of Service, Peterborough Pupil Referral Service
  • Ralph Holloway, Transformation of SEN Services Manager, Essex County Council
  • David Whitaker, Founding Member, Headteachers’ Roundtable

At 10.45am - Panel 2

  • Emma Bradshaw, Headteacher, The Limes College
  • Colin Jeffrey, Fairbridge and Achieve Programme Manager, The Prince's Trust
  • Chaz Watson, Director, SILC Training
  • Joanne Southby, Executive Head, London South East Academies Trust

Purpose of the session

The session is the third in the inquiry and is likely to focus on referrals, commissioning, teaching and building quality and outcome measurements.

The meeting features two panels, the first made up of representatives from local authorities and a headteachers’ group, with the second including witnesses from a Pupil Referral Unit and an independent alternative provision provider.

Pupil Referral Units

Alternative Provision is provided in settings such as Pupil Referral Units and educates pupils who are outside of the mainstream school system for a variety of reasons, such as school exclusion, school refusal or illness.

Further information

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