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Michael Gove (The Secretary of State for Education; Surrey Heath, Conservative)

On 1 September last year, I asked the Government’s expert adviser on behaviour, Charlie Taylor, to review and report on school attendance and alternative provision.

He has now published his report on alternative provision, and I am writing to him to accept his recommendations.

Children who are in alternative provision are among the most vulnerable. When they receive poor quality provision they are being let down by those who should be looking after their interests. Their outcomes are well below those of their peers, and they may leave education ill-equipped to become productive members of society.

The recommendations in the report should raise standards in the alternative provision sector so that pupils achieve better academic outcomes and are motivated to remain in education.

We will therefore take steps to implement the recommendations in his report as early as we can.

Copies of Charlie Taylor’s report, and my response to him, are being placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

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