Alternative Curriculum

The importance of choosing the right provision for students

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EDClass had the privilege of speaking with the designated safeguarding person from Featherstone Academy, Barry Eaton, to discuss their use of the platform, what challenges they had and the benefits that have been evident since implementing the system for their students.

Featherstone Academy has been using the EDClass system since 2015 and the platform has successfully supported and reintegrated students on suspension or who had mental health challenges.

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Safeguarding students with innovative solutions

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Students who are persistently and severely absent need creative and innovative solutions that address their specific needs. How can this be achieved? What support can be put in place to ensure they are safe?

EDClass spoke to international safeguarding consultant, Victoria Raynor, and we discussed safeguarding, absenteeism and driving engagement using a hybrid model.

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5 top tips for due diligence on alternative provisions

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Conducting due diligence on alternative provisions should be of paramount importance. The provision should prioritise supporting students with specific needs and implementing the most effective support possible.

Integrating an effective alternative provision can be achieved by identifying the specific needs of students and providing an element of support that they feel most comfortable with. This is so their personal development can be prioritised in terms of their well-being and academic growth and potentially lead to a successful reintegration.

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Online alternative provision the future of supporting students with behavioural challenges

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Online alternative provision (OAP) is a growing trend in education, with many schools and local authorities now offering OAP programs to support students with behavioural problems.

Traditionally schools may resort to isolating students with limited educational resources and support staff resulting in poor progression or personal development. Schools also may have to exclude or suspend students which can be costly and cause additional workload to an already strained workforce.

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The benefits of online alternative provision for students with special educational needs

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Online alternative provision (OAP) can be a lifeline for students with special educational needs (SEN). It can provide them with the support they need to reach their full potential, in a way that traditional education may not be able to.

There are several benefits to using OAP to support students with SEN. One of the main benefits is that OAP provides a flexible and supportive learning environment. Students can learn at their own pace and in their own time, and they can access support from qualified teachers and other professionals whenever they need it.

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Integrating an effective alternative provision

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Students with specific needs and requirements might find online alternative provision to be extremely effective and can be highly beneficial for a school also. It is always good to keep government guidance in mind in identifying the right solution, but children’s safety should always be paramount. EDClass interviewed Mark Wrangles and here is what he had to say regarding integrating an effective alternative provision. 

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Implementing supportive structures in alternative provisions to achieve the best possible outcomes

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Alternative provisions can be transformative for students and transcend their educational potential if appropriate measures are implemented. It is important to implement the right support for students with specific needs to help them achieve the best possible outcomes.

The overarching desire to empower students to be mindful and improve their confidence can allow them to enhance their learning capabilities and welfare development. EDClass was fortunate to discuss with Jackie Beere OBE alternative provisions, curriculum and the reintegration of students.

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How impactful an online alternative provision can be for local authorities

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Local authorities play an important role in supplying effective education for children, but the right support must be supplied, at the right place, and at the right time. EDClass spoke to Councillor Maroof Raouf, Deputy Chair of the Education, Children and Families Policy Committee at Sheffield City Council and he stated:

“A blended learning approach is something we aware of and we are looking at the growing options available to schools. It’s just ensuring that students are being put in an environment that is conducive to learning.”

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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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