Last reviewed 21 July 2022

A consultation has been launched by the Department for Education (DfE) seeking comments on how unregistered alternative provision is commissioned and delivered.

With a final date for responding of 30 September 2022, the full details are available here.

The DfE said that it was particularly interested to hear the views of, and receive evidence from, local authority representatives who commission placements in unregistered alternative provision settings and school-based commissioners who use placements in unregistered alternative provision settings (including mainstream, special and independent schools).

In addition, it would appreciate hearing from registered alternative provision schools who commission additional provision at unregistered settings and unregistered alternative provision settings who deliver education commissioned by any of the above.

“The SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper sets out the Government's vision to ensure every child and young person receives the right support, in the right place, and at the right time,” the DfE said. “To achieve this, we propose a new national vision for alternative provision that supports a more inclusive mainstream school system in England. This includes improved partnership working between local authorities and schools to plan and deliver an alternative provision service focussed on early intervention.”

The SEND Review: Right Support; Right Place; Right Time can be found here.