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Next steps for Alternative Provision and tackling school exclusions in England

Morning, Tuesday, 1st November 2022

This conference will examine priorities for alternative provision (AP) in England, as well as the next steps for creating positive behaviour cultures in schools and reducing school exclusions. 

It will be an opportunity to discuss:

  • revised behaviour and permanent exclusion guidance from the Government
  • publication of the SEND and AP Green Paperwhich proposed a single national SEND and AP system
  • the Schools White Paper - which included commitments to improve classroom behaviour

We also expect discussion on the direction for policy following the consultation on the Green Paper proposals, and with new political leadership in the government.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on implementing behaviour management strategies in schools, as well as looking at how to tackle persistent absences, particularly in the wake of the pandemic.

There will also be a focus on tackling permanent exclusions, and how to provide targeted support and early intervention for all students in mainstream settings. 

Further sessions look forward to issues around funding and system capacity, as well as the proposed integration of AP into the local SEND system and improved accessibility.

Overall, the agenda looks at:

  • behaviour management in schools - best practice in managing conduct and disruption - priorities for training and supporting staff - addressing implications for attainment
  • reducing exclusions - addressing persistent absences - understanding factors outside school - providing early and targeted support - minimising the impact of disruptive behaviour on others
  • improving the system - quality and standards in AP and unregistered provision - funding priorities - coordination and links with local SEND systems - accessibility of AP and travel options
  • optimising student outcomes - educational attainment strategies - easing integration in and out of mainstream education - supporting the transition to post-16 and pathways to employment 
  • policy - priorities for alternative provision and implementing the recommendations of the SEND Review 

We are pleased to include keynote sessions from Sarah Johnson, President, PRUsAP; and Founder, Phoenix Education Consultancy; and a senior speaker from The Difference.

Keynote Speaker

Sarah Johnson

President, PRUsAP; and, Founder, Phoenix Education Consultancy

Keynote Speakers

Sarah Johnson

President, PRUsAP; and, Founder, Phoenix Education Consultancy

Senior speaker confirmed from The Difference


Neil Miller

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, London South East Academies Trust

Cllr Jonathan Price

Cabinet Member for Education (and SEND), Stafford Borough Council

Cllr Jasmine Ali

Cabinet Member for Children, Young People, and Education, Southwark Council

Professor Bev Peartree

Associate Professor in Special Educational Needs and Mental Health in Professional Practice, Leeds Trinity University

Jahnine Davis

Co-Founder and Director, Listen Up; and, Doctoral Researcher, Kingston University

Karen Bruce

Assistant Principal and Child Protection Lead, Ark All Saints Academy, London

Laura Donnelly

Assistant Headteacher, Mangotsfield School, Bristol

Jacob Vart

Headteacher, Hopespring Newcastle

Gavin Cowan

Managing Director, Crossbar Coaching - Education in Sport