Centre of Social Justice – NEW REPORT: AP | A manifesto for system improvement.

We believe that any child being educated in AP should obtain better outcomes than the same child would have achieved at their mainstream school.

With better models of AP working effectively as part of the local education landscape, investment in the workforce, more accurate data and fair funding across the country, we will be a few steps closer to making this a reality for every child in AP.

This is what our latest report, ‘Warming the Cold Spots of Alternative Provision‘ aims to achieve.

Andy Cook, Chief Executive
A manifesto for system improvement
by Cath Murray, Alternative Provision Programme Lead


  • Nearly 1 in 5 pupils in AP are educated in a school rated ‘Requires Improvement’ or ‘Inadequate’, compared to 1 in 8 pupils in mainstream and only 1 in 20 in special schools.
  • While over half of pupils in AP at the end of key stage 4 are entered for maths and English GCSEs, only 4% achieve a basic pass (grade 9-4) in both, compared to 64% in mainstream.
  • When a pupil exits mainstream education, their chances of being taught by an unqualified teacher increase. In mainstream, only 8% of teachers are unqualified but in AP schools this figure is 17%.

Today we’re launching a report that’s all about how we can get the best possible education for excluded children, and those at risk of exclusion, everywhere.

To find out what needs to change, we’ve spent a lot of time talking to the staff, young people and leaders in schools for excluded children and we’ve seen some excellent practice.

But there are still places in the country where excluded children have a poor-to-zero chance of getting a good quality education. In eight local authorities every single excluded child is educated in schools rated poorly by Ofsted. And in 13 local authorities, not a single excluded child passed their English and maths GCSE in the past three years.

This does not have to be the case.

The pupils at Hackney Boxing Academy are highly engaged with their education, thanks to excellent teaching and strong relationships built through their sports coaching model.

Chessbrook in Watford has flipped their entire model to focus on therapeutic and remedial work upstream in their school community, guided by the brilliant work of the Anna Freud Centre on family engagement.

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Cath Murray: Alternative Provision Programme Lead
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