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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.

OAP can also help to reduce anxiety and stress for students with SEN. Students often feel more comfortable learning in an online environment, where they are not surrounded by other students or teachers. OAP can also help to reduce the risk of bullying and other forms of discrimination.

Another benefit of OAP is that it can provide students with access to a wider range of subjects and qualifications. Many OAP providers offer a wide range of courses, including GCSEs, and other attainable qualifications. This means that students with SEN can have the same opportunities to succeed as students in mainstream schools.

The Department for Education outlined in its SEND & AP improvement plan to fulfil children’s potential. It highlighted how:

“Better preparation for adulthood at every age and stage means that those with SEND and in alternative provision are able to live more fulfilling and independent adult lives with improved employment outcomes.”

This is an important component of OAP and aims to focus on the personal development of children and raise their confidence.

More examples of benefits of online alternative provision 

  • Students with autism can benefit from the structured and predictable nature of online learning. OAP can also provide students with autism with access to sensory-friendly learning materials.
  • Students with ADHD can benefit from the ability to take breaks and work at their own pace. OAP can also provide students with ADHD with access to fidget toys and other tools that can help them stay focused.
  • Students with dyslexia can benefit from the ability to use text-to-speech and speech-to-text software. OAP can also provide students with dyslexia with access to dyslexia-friendly fonts and other learning materials.
  • Provides access to specialist support and resources. Online AP providers can offer access to specialist support and resources that may not be available in mainstream schools. This can include support from teachers and tutors who are experienced in working with students with SEN, as well as access to specialised learning materials and software.

Overall, online AP can be a valuable resource for students with SEN. It can offer a more flexible and tailored approach to learning, as well as access to specialist support and resources that may not be available in mainstream schools.

Consider using EDClass

If you would like to learn more about an effective online alternative provision then visit EDClass. The online platform can accommodate students with SEN needs and allow them to fully focus on their learning away from external pressures in a mainstream setting.

Students are also isolated away from their peers removing any possibility of bullying or fear of intimidation or ridicule. In addition to this, students can also take advantage of the customisable platform. Font sizes, styles and colours can all be alternated when required so the learners can absorb the information better – there is even audio assistance.

UK-qualified teachers also act as designated pastoral professionals for students checking on welfare and academic development. You can call the team on 01909 568338, send an email to or book a free online demonstration here.

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