Key Points
  • Exploring the key Government priorities for AP and assessing the role of local authorities, mainstream schools and PRUs
  • Moving on from the pandemic: Lessons learnt and identifying what can be retained
  • Securing funding and spending budgets creatively to maximise the impact of provisions
  • Facilitating upstream working to reduce preventable exclusions
  • Case studies from the DfE Behaviour HUBS programme helping schools improve their behaviour culture by working with exemplary schools


Overview
Speakers Include:

  • Chaired by: Sarah Johnson, President, PRUsAP
  • Alasdaire Duerden, Deputy Director, Behaviour, Attendance, Exclusions and Alternative Provision Division, Department for Education (DfE)
  • Seamus Oates CBE, Regional Director London, Ormiston Academies Trust
  • Amber Fensham-Smith, Co-Convenor, BERA Alternative Education Special Interest Group
  • Sarah Vaughan, Assistant Head, Perryfields Primary PRU
  • Pete Hines, Headteacher, Perryfields Primary PRU
  • Shaun Brown, Programme Director, the Difference
  • Cath Kitchen, CEO, National Association of Hospital Education (NAHE)
  • Andy Lancashire, Service Director Education and Inclusion, Children and Young People's Service, Wakefield Council
  • David Ward, Deputy Headteacher, The Limes College

    The Alternative Provision (AP) sector has been applauded for staying open throughout the pandemic, providing a vital lifeline to vulnerable young pupils. Put your questions to our expert panel about the challenges and opportunities presented to AP by Covid 19, and how children can be helped to re-adapt to the demands of the school day.

    Hear from the Department for Education (DfE) about their future plans and priorities for improving the quality of education and life chances for children in AP.

    Take away lessons from mainstream schools and AP participating in the DfE’s latest innovations including the SAFE taskforces (support, attend, fulfil and exceed) to protect and re-engage children who are at risk of permanent exclusion or being involved in serious violence. Get early feedback from the Behaviour HUBS programme supporting school leaders by providing expert help to improve their school’s behaviour cultures.

    With the DfE funding another year of the AP Transition Fund to support Year 11 pupils into further education, work or training after they leave school, attend to hear best practice in mentoring, pastoral support and careers guidance.

    Don’t miss the opportunity to network with top alternative provision providers, trailblazing local authorities and progressive mainstream schools who will explore how to improve attendance, attainment, behaviour and progression to post-16 training and education.


Agenda
Start

09:30 - 09:40
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Sarah Johnson President, PRUsAP

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09:40 - 10:10
Opening Address: Government Priorities for Alternative Provision

 
  • Key challenges and opportunities for AP
  • Identifying what has been working well and areas for improvement
  • Reforming AP
  • AP Specialist and SAFE Taskforces

Speakers

Alasdaire Duerden Deputy Director, Behaviour, Attendance, Exclusions and Alternative Provision Division Department for Education (DfE)

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10:10 - 10:50
Keynote Panel Discussion: How the Pandemic has Changed the Alternative Provision Landscape

 
  • Challenges and opportunities presented to AP due to Covid 19
  • Changes to ways of working: embracing innovation and identifying what can be retained
  • Next steps for AP moving beyond the pandemic  
10:40 – 10:50 Questions and Discussion - Participate through our live Q&A function and virtual polling tools

Speakers

Cath Kitchen CEO, National Association of Hospital Education (NAHE)

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Amber Fensham-Smith Co-Convenor, BERA Alternative Education Special Interest Group

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Seamus Oates CBE Regional Director London, Ormiston Academies Trust

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10:50 - 11:00
Break

 

11:00 - 11:30
Safeguarding Students to Prevent Violence and Crime

 
  • Identifying pupils at risk of being drawn into violence and crime
  • Keeping young people safe from exploitation
  • The role of mental health professionals, family workers and speech and language therapists in offering intensive wraparound support
  • Reducing truancy, improving engagement in education and progress to further education, employment and training  
11:20 – 11:30 Questions and Discussion

11:30 - 12:00
Networking Break

 

Meet your colleagues and make new connections via the virtual platform

12:00 - 12:30
Area Wide Approaches to Strengthening Inclusion and the Use of Alternative Provision

 
  • Identifying problems in the current AP system
  • Developing new systems for fostering inclusion
  • Co-producing solutions with schools, AP and local authorities
  • Key challenges, successes and outcomes of the projects  
12:20 – 12:30 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Andy Lancashire Service Director Education and Inclusion, Children and Young People's Service, Wakefield Council

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12:30 - 13:15
Networking Lunch

 

13:15 - 13:45
The Behaviour Hubs Programme

 
  • Diagnosing specific areas of improvement for partner schools
  • Designing and developing new approaches to addressing poor behaviour
  • Developing clear, sustainable behaviour cultures for all pupils
  • Sharing good practice from the Hubs  
13:35 – 13:45 Questions and Discussion

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Sarah Vaughan Assistant Head, Perryfields Primary PRU

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Pete Hines Headteacher, Perryfields Primary PRU

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David Ward Deputy Headteacher, The Limes College

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13:45 - 14:15
Preventing and Managing Exclusions

 
  • Early intervention models to reduce the need for exclusions
  • Accounting for the rise in primary school exclusions
  • Identifying students in need of additional support
  • Working with students at-risk of exclusion
  • Exploring alternative options to exclusion  
14:05 – 14:15 Questions and Discussion

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Shaun Brown Programme Director, the Difference

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14:15 - 14:30
Networking Break

 
Meet your colleagues and make new connections via the virtual platform

14:30 - 14:55
Troubleshooting Session: Funding for Alternative Provision

 
Your opportunity to share challenges specific to your organisation and locale.    This session will feature discussions on financial matters including, but not limited to:

  • Reassessing funding requirements as a result of COVID-19
  • Implications of the SEND Review and High Needs Funding
  • AP, local authorities and schools working in partnership to assess local needs and maintain capacity to meet demand
  • Identifying and analysing different funding models and exploring innovation
  • Utilising and evidencing recovery funding and pupil premium to raise achievement   

This session will serve as a venue for the exchange of ideas and the sourcing of solutions with speakers from the day’s agenda and your fellow peers.  

Participate through our live chat, Q&A function and virtual polling tools

14:55 - 15:20
Supporting Students into Further Education or Employment

 
  • Best use of the AP Transition Fund to support pupils into jobs and post-16 education
  • Sharing best practice in careers guidance, pastoral support and mentoring
  • Empowering young people to recognise their skills, achievements and qualities  
15:15 – 15:20 Questions and Discussion

15:20 - 15:30
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

 

End

Speakers

Shaun Brown Programme Director, the Difference

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Alasdaire Duerden Deputy Director, Behaviour, Attendance, Exclusions and Alternative Provision Division Department for Education (DfE)

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Amber Fensham-Smith Co-Convenor, BERA Alternative Education Special Interest Group

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Pete Hines Headteacher, Perryfields Primary PRU

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Sarah Johnson President, PRUsAP

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Cath Kitchen CEO, National Association of Hospital Education (NAHE)

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Andy Lancashire Service Director Education and Inclusion, Children and Young People's Service, Wakefield Council

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Seamus Oates CBE Regional Director London, Ormiston Academies Trust

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Sarah Vaughan Assistant Head, Perryfields Primary PRU

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David Ward Deputy Headteacher, The Limes College

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Venue details

Online Event Broadcast Live


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