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Alternative Provision offered by settings other than Pupil Referral Units or Independent School that is Quality Assurance through the Local Authority process can be used by schools to support students that need an intervention at any particular point during student’s education. Although these providers are quality assured through the Local Authority it remains the school’s responsibility to commission the provision as these students will be on role the of a mainstream school or pupil referral unit. There may be exceptional situations where the Local Authority commissions a provider to provide a bespoke package for student. This could be as a result of a permanent exclusion or in other exceptional circumstances.
In relation to IYFAP this meeting is only able to direct and place students within the Pupil Referral Unit estate and with the LA commissioned Include provision. IYFAP will not commission any other provision for students. For students with an EHCP the SEND code of practice 9.78 states,
“The child’s parent or the young person has the right to request a particular school, college or other institution of the following type to be named in their EHC plan:
- maintained nursery school
- maintained school and any form of academy or free school (mainstream or special)
- non-maintained special school
- further education or sixth form college
- independent school or independent specialist colleges (where they have been approved for this purpose by the Secretary of State and published in a list available to all parents and young people)”
If a provider or parent wish for an Alternative Provision provider to be named in a student’s EHCP all of the above are registered schools’ line with the DfE guidance below.
“You (the provider) must register with the Department for Education (DfE) in England before you can run an independent school.
You must register if you’ll provide full time education for:
- 5 or more pupils of compulsory school age
- 1 or more pupils of compulsory school age with a education, health and care (EHC) plan or statement of special educational needs (SEN)
- 1 or more pupils of compulsory school age who are looked-after by the local council”.