Alternative Provision settings are places that provide education for children who cannot go to a mainstream school.
- 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
There is an Alternative Provision Network of settings in Sheffield that have been checked and quality assured by Sheffield City Council.
Schools are encouraged to arrange alternative provision from this network, working with the council's Progressions Team. The team helps match children with alternative provision, and works with children, school staff and parents and carers.
Referrals to the Progressions Team can only be made by schools.
Schools maintain responsibility for children on alternative provision placements.
Children must travel independently to their alternative provision, or be supported by their school to travel there.
Schools are not required to work with the Progressions Team and are able to arrange placements not included in the Alternative Provision Network. But schools must carry out checks: for example, health and safety and safeguarding.
Last reviewed: 11 February 2021
Information owner: People Portfolio, Sheffield City Council