Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for alternative provision in England: tackling school exclusions, quality, delivery and improving outcomes

Morning, Friday, 19th October 2018

The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR


This timely seminar will examine the next steps for alternative provision (AP) in England.

It will be an opportunity to discuss key themes in the government-commissioned independent review into school exclusions as it prepares for reporting by the end of the year, with increased concern surrounding a recent rise in exclusions and an increase in ‘off-rolling’ removal of students.

Delegates will also consider key aspects of the Education Select Committee’s recently published inquiry, highlighting ‘the scandal of ever increasing exclusions’, which recommends the introduction of a Bill of Rights for pupils facing exclusion and their parents, and a commitment that schools publish their exclusion rates each term.

Further sessions discuss the Government’s vision for AP, Creating Opportunity for All, and its focus on improving quality and meeting individual needs, developing best practice and partnerships, and expanding the number of AP free schools - as well as the proposed introduction of a dedicated AP Innovation Fund with the first projects for the fund announced.

Delegates will also discuss the next steps for improving outcomes for children and young people when leaving AP and transition to other education settings, training, higher education and employment - looking at guidance and relationships with employers and post-16 providers.

Guest of Honour

Daniel Owen HMI

National Lead, Behaviour, Attendance and Alternative Provision, Ofsted

Keynote Speakers

Chloë Cockett

Committee Specialist, Education Select Committee

Daniel Owen HMI

National Lead, Behaviour, Attendance and Alternative Provision, Ofsted


Baroness Perry of Southwark

Lord Low of Dalston


Dr Dave Trotman

Professor of Education and Co-Leader, Education and Multi-Professional Practice, Newman University, Birmingham

Jo Southby

Executive Headteacher, New Horizons Federation, Kent

Charly Skoppek

Centre Manager, Leamington Vineyard Learning Centre, Warwickshire

Laura Wyatt

National Senior Head of Programmes, The Prince's Trust and Board Trustee, Become

Evan Jones

Head of Community Services, St Giles Trust

Sam Swainson

Programme Manager, Foundation Learning & Key Stage 4, Westminster Kingsway College, London

Daniel Sobel

Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Lead Consultant, Inclusion Expert

David Ward

Deputy Head, The Limes College, Surrey and PRU representative, ASCL

John Yarham

Chief Executive Officer, Futures Advice, Skills and Employment

Hayden Ginns

Children’s Transformation Manager, Portsmouth City Council

Kiran Gill

Associate Fellow, Work and Welfare State and Founder, The Difference, IPPR