Alternative Learning Provision
Alternative Learning Provision
What Alternative Learning Provision is, who it is for, where it is provided in Bristol.
Alternative Learning Provision is for pupils who can't attend mainstream educational settings because of health, emotional or behavioural reasons.
Our Alternative Learning Provision (ALP) Hub arranges alternative provision in Bristol.
The service includes:
- Lansdown Park Academy
- St Matthias Park Academy
- LPW Independent School
- Bristol Futures Academy
- Bristol Hospital Education Service
The ALP Hub commissions alternative provision from a range of alternative providers on our behalf. The ALP Hub also offers support and advice to:
- other commissioners
- alternative learning providers
All alternative providers provided by us have gone through a stringent process of quality assurance and been included onto a framework agreement of alternative provision.
PAL System Provider Catalogue
The PAL System Provider Catalogue for Bristol includes two lists of approved providers:
- Full-time and revolving door alternative learning provision
- Part-time alternative learning provision
The catalogue was developed in partnership with the ourselves and Bristol schools, and will last until 2021.
All full-time placements, including revolving door placements, into alternative provision should be agreed in advance by the Bristol Inclusion Panel (BIP).
The placement will then be arranged via the council’s ALP Hub with a provider on the full-time list.
Schools will make their own arrangements for part-time alternative learning and may use providers who are on either the full-time or part-time list.
Schools should refer to the most up to date version of this PAL System Catalogue for current details of each provider’s service offer including any specialisms and suitability criteria, pricing and contact details.
The catalogue will be regularly updated as new providers join the PAL system or existing providers vary their offer.
Advice for schools, commissioners and alternative providers
Alternative Provision Quality Assurance and Unregistered Schools
Following consultation with the DfE and Ofsted HMI, we are taking steps to ensure that part-time alternative learning providers in Bristol are operating lawfully. Full-time education should be made in a school. AP shouldn't be used as a sole long-term education offer for children without the alternative provider having independent school status, registered with the DfE. See Advice for Schools, Commissioners and Alternative Providers ,September 2019 (pdf, 294KB) (opens new window)
Alternative Provision Commissioning and Advice for schools, commissioners and alternative providers
For detailed advice and statutory considerations about commissioning and quality assuring alternative provision see Using AP in Bristol Advice to Schools and Commissioners, September 2019 (pdf, 387KB) (opens new window) . This is based on statutory guidance and gives a set of guiding principles that Bristol schools and another commissioning bodies should follow to ensure that children and young people benefit from high quality provision which is safe, secure and appropriate to their individual needs.
For further information contact:
Headteacher, Alternative Learning Provision (ALP Hub), Bristol City Council
Education Inclusion Manager, ALP Hub, Bristol City Council
Senior Business and Administration Support Officer, ALP Hub, Bristol City Council