The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has published a report on how to get the best possible education for excluded children and those at risk of exclusion. The paper analyses where in the country pupils educated in alternative provision (AP) have “a poor-to-zero chance of receiving a quality education” and draws concerning conclusions. In 13 local education authority areas, not a single child in AP has passed their English and maths GCSE in the past three years. The report further finds that in three LAs, not a single teacher in AP is qualified. Overall, there is no area in the country where the rate of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) after leaving AP equals even the very worst-performing area for children from mainstream education settings. The report also finds a huge disparity between the north and south, with one in 50 pupils in the North East achieving a basic pass in maths and English, compared to one in 12 pupils in Outer London. The report argues that as children in AP are some of the most vulnerable, their quality of education should be equal, if not better, than for children in mainstream schools. The CSJ calls on the Government to replicate successful models where AP schools are supporting mainstream schools with behaviour as well as providing additional funding for existing quality providers to expand into satellite sites or set up free schools.
The report can be found here.