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Alternative Provision

Last updated: 10 January 2024
Alternative Provision


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All children and young people, with or without special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have the right to education. This means that all education providers must support children and young people in their settings to access education, ensuring that their needs are met.

Sometimes, the needs of a child cannot be fully met in their home school which is when Alternative Education provision may be considered.

We have created this guide to help provide clear guidance on what Alternative Provision is and when it should be adopted.

We will cover topics including:

  • What is Alternative Provision and its purpose?
  • What are the types of Alternative Provision?
  • What is available in Buckinghamshire?
  • How is support arranged?
  • What is the role of schools and the council?