14-16 Alternative Provision

Alternative Provision Programme

Important changes for 2017-2018

We are making a few important changes to the types of courses that we will offer in 2017-18, as outlined below –


AP KS4 (Y9 – Y11)

The demand for places on the Direct programme (two-year, qualification-based courses) has been declining steadily over recent years. Consequently, 2017-18 will be the final year of recruitment to the Direct programme. Learners who have already been referred for this year will be able to access and complete their courses (in June 2019 for newly-referred Y10s, or 2018 for existing Y11 learners), but we will not be accepting any further referrals. Please note, though, that most of these same qualifications will still be available on KS4 AP programmes (previously the ‘Flexible’ strand of AP).


AP Short Course KS3 (Y7 & Y8)  

We have also changed the name and the criteria for last year’s ‘Re-engagement Programme’. This year we will continue to offer a limited programme for learners in Y7 and Y8, subject to demand and availability. Please note, though, that places for KS3 learners are only available at selected providers, and the courses will be short-term (ie a maximum of one term) as the aim must be to re-engage these learners and re-integrate them back into mainstream schooling.


New Arrival Support (Key Stage 4)

The New Arrival Support programme for young people newly arrived in the city will continue into 2017-18, running for four days per week. Fifth day provision may be available at the request of the school or the Children Missing from Education team. The course is aimed primarily at Y11 learners who require extended induction support before attending a mainstream school, but referrals from schools for learners who are at risk of permanent exclusion will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


If you would like to talk to a member of our team about our Alternative Provision, please contact us on 0114 2296185 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Download this file (AP Provider manual 2016-17.pdf)Provider ManualAn explanation for providers of all aspects of the Alternative Provision programme
Download this file (Directory 2017-18.pdf)Alternative Provision Directory 2017 2018updated - A directory of all Alternative Provision opportunities across the network for 2017 2018
Download this file (INCIDENT FORM 2016-17.doc)Incident Form 
Download this file (Provision Matrix 2017-2018.pdf)Provision Matrix 2017-2018.pdfupdated - AP Provision Matrix showing courses by providers
Download this file (PSO Links to Providers appendix 4.pdf)PSO Links to Providers appendix 4.pdfAppendix 4 PSO Links to Providers
Download this file (PSO Links to Schools appendix 3.pdf)PSO Links to Schools appendix 3.pdfAppendix 3 PSO Links to Schools
Download this file (Referral Form 2017-2018.doc)Referral Form 2017 2018updated - AP referral form for school to complete
Download this file (Safeguarding Children and POVA responsibilities 1.pdf)Safeguarding Children and POVA responsibilities 
Download this file (Safeguarding Policy 1.pdf)Safeguarding Policy 
Download this file (SCHOOL WITHDRAWAL FORM 2017 2018.doc)SCHOOL WITHDRAWAL FORM 2017 2018.docupdated - School withdrawal form 2017 2018
Download this file (Schools Manual 2016-17.pdf)Schools ManualAn explanation for schools of all aspects of the Alternative Provision programme

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