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.

Delegates will discuss the Government’s recently-published plan for reforming AP, which focuses on improving quality and meeting individual needs, developing best practice and partnerships, and expanding the number of AP free schools - and would introduce a dedicated AP Innovation Fund.

Sessions will also consider 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.

The agenda also includes a session looking at standards, and the quality and oversight of AP in unregistered settings.

The seminar will be an opportunity to consider the findings of the Education Select Committee’s AP inquiry, looking at routes in AP, the standards of teaching and outcomes for students - and follows the announcement of an independent review into school exclusions, which is due to report by the end of the year.

Planned sessions will also examine the impact of AP free schools, including the lessons learnt and priorities for the next wave.

Keynote Speaker

Daniel Owen HMI

National Lead, Behaviour, Attendance and Alternative Provision, Ofsted


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 Education Select Committee