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Alternative Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the availability of alternative education provision for pupils excluded from mainstream schools.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Local authorities are responsible for arranging suitable education for permanently excluded children and for other children who, because of illness or other reasons, would not receive education without such arrangements being made. Where a child has been subject to a fixed-period exclusion of more than five school days, schools must arrange alternative provision.

On 16 March 2018, the Government published Creating Opportunity for All: Our Vision for Alternative Provision, setting out how it will reform alternative provision. A key element of this is the building of a strong evidence base on alternative provision. As such, the Department has commissioned research to further understand local need for alternative provision; the availability of alternative provision placements; and the range and effectiveness of local alternative provision commissioning arrangements. The final report is due to be published in autumn 2018 and the findings will be used to inform future work strands on the reform of alternative provision.

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