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Investigative research into alternative provision

Findings from a large-scale investigative research study into alternative provision.


Investigative research into alternative provision

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-951-7, DFE-RR859PDF, 1.74MB, 191 pages


Alternative provision (AP) is education for pupils who may not receive suitable education because of exclusion, illness or other reasons.

The main research objectives were to understand:

  • what schools do to prevent exclusions and off-site direction
  • schools’ relationship with AP
  • practices in AP settings

Findings are based on interviews with teachers in mainstream and special schools and AP settings, as well as in depth case studies in AP settings with teachers, pupils and their parents.

Research into the market for alternative provision is also available.

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