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Alternative Provision Directory

Page last updated: 06/03/2023

​​​​​​​​​​​A professional directory of alternative education for young people across Essex.

Important information to schools when considering using Alternative Providers

Please see the guidance 'Alternative Provision – Statutory guidance for local authorities – January 2013' (links to external site) for full details of what to look for in good alternative provision.

Unless the Alternative Provider is a registered school with a DfE number they are not able to offer full time or the majority of the education for more than 4 pupils and they are not able to offer full time or the majority of the education for any pupils who have an Education Health and Care Plan or are in the care of the Local Authority. They are not able to take pupils on roll unless they have Independent School status and a DfE number.

If a student is not one of the categories that Alternative Providers cannot provide full time education for they could legally provide all of the education if they do not provide it for more than 3 other students of statutory school age. The student will remain on the school roll. This would be funded by the referring school if they choose to enter into such an arrangement.

If a student is in one of those exempt categories Alternative Providers could provide part of the education i.e. 2 days a week or a 6-12 week programme and reintegration back into school, these patterns of provision would keep them within the law. The student will still remain on the school roll, the school would then need to provide the rest of the education for the week or academic year and pay the fees, again if they choose to enter into such an arrangement.​

These providers were initially recommended by schools and/or pupil referral units. This directory contains a link to provider websites where further information and referral forms can be found. The areas covered and relevant Key Stages are also noted alongside. Commissioning schools remain responsible for the monitoring and tracking of progress of individual pupils, for confirming that the provision given is of good quality, value for money and meets the pupil's needs. They should also ensure that they check the indemnities, safeguarding and health and safety policies of any alternative providers they commission as ultimate responsibility remains with the home school.

Please note that most of the providers on the Essex Directory are now linked to the EVOLVE system. If they do not hold the LOtC Quality Badge you will need to email them the Provider Statement​ and attach this to your EVOLVE submission form. This can support you to evidence you have made appropriate checks on the indemnities, safeguarding and health and safety policies of any alternative providers you commission as ultimate responsibility remains with the home school.

Alternative Providers are responsible and accountable for entering a partnership with schools to support pupils. Alternative Providers must share clear and concise information regarding the commissioned pupil(s). This would be in relation to outcomes, daily attendance, safeguarding and pro-active engagement in regular review meetings.

The Local Authority hold the right to remove companies from this directory without notice should the arrangements highlighted above not be adhered to. Furthermore the Local authority will remove providers from this list should concerns be raised by schools, families, neighbouring authorities or external professionals until investigations have been completed.

​Please let providers know that you obtained their information from this directory.

If any schools knows of other providers who they feel could be added to this directory or they have information that could result in providers being removed from the directory please contact Julie Keating by emailing julie.keating@essex.gov.uk

Directory of Providers

​Listed below are links to providers, alongside areas and Key Stages covered, if supplied: