Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for alternative provision in England: quality, delivery and progression

Morning, Friday, 19th October 2018

Central London


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.

Delegates will also consider findings from  the Education Committee’s recently-published AP inquiry, which  includes proposals to make all AP providers register with local authorities following concerns over standards in unregistered settings, and increased powers for local authorities to oversee AP provision.

Further sessions discuss key aspects of 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.

Following calls for improved post-16 AP funding from the Education Select Committee in their recent inquiry, the agenda also looks at 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.

Keynote Speakers

Chloë Cockett

Committee Specialist, Education Select Committee

Daniel Owen HMI

National Lead, Behaviour, Attendance and Alternative Provision, Ofsted


Lord Griffiths of Burry Port


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

Senior speaker confirmed from The Prince’s Trust

Senior speaker confirmed from the Education Select Committee

Martin Nirsimloo

Director, City Gateway 14-19 Provision, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Kiran Gill

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