Alternative Curriculum

How to offer timely and effective support for students remotely

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Students learning remotely need timely and effective support if they are to succeed in their education. What needs to be in place and how can it be done?

The vicious cycle for students needs to be broken and this can be achieved by finding the most suitable solution for a student. Students over the past few years have felt abandoned, especially those in alternative provisions. Assurances need to be created so students have enough support whilst learning remotely and they feel valued.

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Low on school budget? Here’s why an online alternative provision can help

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Budgeting of schools has always been an issue in the country. Recently, more and more schools are facing individual school budget exclusions. Schools have had to juggle their resource allocation impacting the quality of education delivered to students. With the quality being compromised, the students, as well as the teachers, suffer in the long run. These budget exclusions impact the future of the children. Hence, schools and concerned authorities need to decide on an alternative solution to make up for the compromised levels of education.

All of these school budgets result from cost savings and efficiencies. There are constant budget pressures, and over seventy per cent of the school expenses go to staffing and instruction. However, some creative solutions need to be devised so that these school budget reductions don’t negatively affect the student’s education and the school’s atmosphere.

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3 ways to improve students’ mental health when they learn remotely

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Students’ mental health has been an ever-growing concern, especially for those learning remotely. Here are three ways how their wellbeing can be improved when they learn online.

Students learn remotely due to a variety of reasons such as medical, SEND or other underlying reasons.

What can be done to help support these students’ mental health? How can they be supported when learning remotely? Ultimately, how can their mental wellbeing be supported when they are online and ensure their safety?

Here are three ways to improve students’ mental health when they learn remotely.

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What challenges do we face in alternative provisions?

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One of the greatest issues facing all areas of education is funding and the stretch that is being placed on school budgets at all levels.

Many alternative provisions do not receive direct funding from the DfE and rely on daily rates paid directly by schools as their primary source of funding.

School budgets are being stretched more than they have been for years and we are faced with a situation where school leaders will be forced to make some difficult decisions. We may see that referrals to alternative provisions may be reprioritised within existing budgets.

As we move to a post-pandemic world we are all facing challenges across all areas of education. For many students, remote learning has worked well and they have engaged in education within a calm, purposeful environment with adequate IT access which does not have to be shared. But, this has not been the experience for many students within alternative provisions and those at risk of being referred.

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Impact on alternative approaches for alternative provisions

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The potential harm exclusions may do to a school’s finances and image should only be used as a last option. This exemplifies the need for alternate provisions to prevent the exclusion of children from educational programmes.

The employment of critical workers to provide kids with assistance for their personal development and to communicate with their parents or other caretakers about the student’s academic progress and how well they are doing.

Parents welcome this assistance and gain from being able to praise and understand how to help with their children’s behaviour, which is a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Impact of alternative approaches for alternative provisions

The provision of alternative schools is an integral component of our education system that is constantly being expanded. It is estimated that around 45,000 students are taught in alternative provision schools annually; this number does not seem to be decreasing, even though there is generally an underlying logic of inclusion

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Government shift improves education for 22/23?

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Following the recent shake-up within the UK government, the impact it could have on the education sector could be massive. What does this mean for the education sector, alternative provisions and what needs to be done to improve standards for the 2022/23 academic year?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced his resignation but will remain as caretaker PM until a new leader has been chosen. Following several candidates vying for the position, it now looks as though “either Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss will become the UK’s next prime minister”.BBC

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Alternative provisions – how to make them positive

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Alternative provisions are highly important within the education system. What should APs now look like and what should be implemented?

An alternative provision effectively provides students education who cannot make it into mainstream education for whatever reason. APs can be situated in a variety of locations and can also be online. According to statistics:

“It is estimated that there are at least 32,083 pupils educated across at least 761 alternative provision settings in England.”

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