Key Points
  • Exploring the key trends in alternative provision and assessing the role of local authorities, mainstream schools, PRUs and wider children services
  • Securing funding and spending budgets creatively to maximise the impact of provisions
  • Commissioning alternative provision effectively to meet the local demands
  • Managing behaviour to improve outcomes for children with complex mental, social, emotional and medical challenges
  • Navigating the 2019 Ofsted Framework successfully by understanding how the new framework impacts alternative provision providers.


Overview
  • (Chair) Unity Howard, Director, New Schools Network
  • Kiran Gill, Founder & Associate Fellow, The Difference and Institute of Public Policy Research
  • Sarah Dove, President, PRUsAP
  • Emily Carr, Headteacher, Bishopton PRU
  • Janice Cahill, Headteacher, Pendlebury Centre PRU
  • Jane Nolan, Director of Primary and SEND, Orminston South Parade Academy
  • Cath Kitchen, Headteacher, Hospital and Outreach Education
  • Joanne Meredith, Alternative Provision Quality Manager, Tutors Trust
  • Ben Mallinson, Principal, Pendlebury Centre PRU in Stockport
  • Karen Hamer, Services to Schools Manager, Salford Local Authority
  • Sheila Arnott, Alternative Provision Consultant, Salford Local Authority
  • Sue Johnson, Virtual School Head and Head of Inclusion, Salford Local Authority
  • Matthew Hillman, Headteacher, Pears Family School
  • Dr Florence Ruby, Research and Evaluation Manager, Nurtureuk
  • Amy Smith, Managing Director, Apricot Online


On average, 40 children are excluded every day in England alone. 78% of pupils who are permanently excluded either have special educational needs, are classified as in need or are eligible for free school meals. In response, the Government has committed to transforming alternative provision by cracking down on off-rolling and increasing the accountability of schools for excluded students.

Westminster Insight’s timely Alternative Provision Conference will feature contributions from trailblazers as they explore how to effectively manage behaviour and improve outcomes for children with complex mental, emotional and medical needs as well as spend funding creatively to maximise the impact of provisions and outcomes of vulnerable learners.

You will hear from successful applicants to the Alternative Provision Innovation Fund (APIF), award-winning education practitioners and leading industry experts in delivering a wide range of interventions. Attend this conference to network with innovators showcasing best practice in commissioning alternative provision, improving academic and pastoral progress, and increasing transitions from AP to mainstream settings and post-16 training and education.

Agenda
Start

08:45 - 09:15
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:15 - 09:25
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Unity Howard Director, New Schools Network

Read profile


09:25 - 09:55
Keynote Address: Exploring the wider political landscape of alternative provision and exclusions reform

 
  • Improving preventative support for young people with complex needs, sharing best practice of commissioning alternative provision for excluded pupils, and maintaining a high supply of exceptional teachers in AP settings to break the link between school exclusion and social exclusion
  • Promoting a “quality education for all” by assessing the role of local authorities, mainstream schools, PRUs and wider children services
  • Examining trends in childhood vulnerability and increases in ‘invisible children’, off-rolling and elective home educated children
  • Discussing the increased accountability on schools and local authorities to better utilise in-school units and off-site alternative provision

    Questions and Discussion: 09:45 - 09:55

Speakers

Kiran Gill Founder and Associate Fellow, The Difference and Institute for Public Policy Research

Read profile


09:55 - 10:45
Panel: Collaborating creatively to secure funding and maximise the impact of budget spending

 
  • Reviewing the 2019-2020 revenue funding guidelines and alternative funding sources for alternative provision providers
  • Exploring the use of emerging technologies and bespoke interventions to improve the cost, delivery and application of alternative provision for children with varying complex needs

    Joint Questions and Discussion: 10:30 – 10:45

Speakers

Sarah Dove President, PRUsAP

Read profile

Jo Meredith Quality Manager Alternative Provision, Tutors Trust

Read profile

Amy Smith Managing Director, Apricot Online

Read profile


10:45 - 11:15
Coffee and Networking Break

 

11:15 - 12:05
Panel: Managing behaviour effectively to improve outcomes for children with complex mental, social and emotional needs

 
  • Discussing the barriers to success SEND, SEBD, and SEMH students face in mainstream schools to identify ways to improve in-school units and support
  • Implementing early academic and therapeutic interventions to produce student outcomes comparable to mainstream settings
  • Recognising the different needs of primary and secondary children to ensure interventions are appropriate and effective
  • Building effective relationships with vulnerable families to better support literacy beyond the classroom
  • Upskilling teachers in behaviour management techniques to build safe teaching environments that are conducive to learning
  • Creating homogenous teaching environments to improve experiences and outcomes for students with special educational needs and/or disabilities 

Speakers

Dr Florence Ruby Research and Evaluation Manager, Nurtureuk

Read profile

Jane Nolan Director of Primary and SEND, Orminston South parade Academy

Read profile

Matthew Hillman Headteacher, Pears Family School

Read profile

Emily Carr Headteacher, Bishopton PRU

Read profile


12:05 - 12:35
Increasing the use of technology to remove barriers to learning and empower young people

 
  • Discussing the wider picture and barriers to providing alternative provision for students with medical needs to retain a quality education
  • Exploring the increasing implementation of technology to enable children with medical needs to remain connected to school and their communities
Questions and Discussion: 12:25 – 12:35

Speakers

Cath Kitchen Member of Steering Group, National Association for Hospital Education

Read profile


12:35 - 13:05
Monitoring the academic and pastoral progress of students to assess the impact of interventions

 
  • Exploring how to effectively measure impact to demonstrate student progress over time within alternative provision
  • Tracking and monitoring pastoral support and pastoral support staff to indicate sufficient value for money when commissioning placements

    Questions and Discussion: 12:55 – 13:05

13:05 - 14:05
Networking Lunch

 

14:05 - 14:45
Navigating the 2019 Ofsted Framework successfully to achieve outstanding outcomes for students

 
  • Discussing the new emphasis on “substance of education” and “integrity” in the new 2019 Ofsted Framework and decreased focus on data and student outcomes
  • Exploring how to prepare for inspections, manage logistics on-the-day and retain high standards by understanding how the new framework impacts alternative provision providers

    Joint Questions and Discussion: 14:35 – 14:45

Speakers

Janice Cahill Headteacher, Pendlebury Centre PRU

Read profile


14:45 - 15:20
Joint Session: Commissioning alternative provision by forming strategic partnerships to meet local demands

 

  • Forming strategic partnerships to improve young people’s transitions from alternative provision into post-16 education and training
  • Collaborating with schools and academies to improve use of alternative provision and providers via the pre-purchasing AP placements spots
  • Implementing a standardised approach to commissioning private provision to ensure safety and quality of learning

    Questions and Discussion: 15:10 – 15:20

Speakers

Sheila Arnott Alternative Provision Consultant, Salford City Council

Read profile

Karen Hamer Services to Schools Manager, Salford Local Authority

Read profile

Sue Johnson Virtual School Head and Head of Inclusion, Salford City Council

Read profile


15:20 - 15:30
Closing Chairs Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Sheila Arnott Alternative Provision Consultant, Salford City Council

Read profile

Janice Cahill Headteacher, Pendlebury Centre PRU

Read profile

Emily Carr Headteacher, Bishopton PRU

Read profile

Sarah Dove President, PRUsAP

Read profile

Kiran Gill Founder and Associate Fellow, The Difference and Institute for Public Policy Research

Read profile

Karen Hamer Services to Schools Manager, Salford Local Authority

Read profile

Matthew Hillman Headteacher, Pears Family School

Read profile

Unity Howard Director, New Schools Network

Read profile

Sue Johnson Virtual School Head and Head of Inclusion, Salford City Council

Read profile

Cath Kitchen Member of Steering Group, National Association for Hospital Education

Read profile

Ben Mallinson Principal, The Stephen Longfellow Academy

Read profile

Jo Meredith Quality Manager Alternative Provision, Tutors Trust

Read profile

Jane Nolan Director of Primary and SEND, Orminston South parade Academy

Read profile

Dr Florence Ruby Research and Evaluation Manager, Nurtureuk

Read profile

Amy Smith Managing Director, Apricot Online

Read profile


Venue details

Central Manchester


Speakers
X Close