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Alternative Provision (AP)


Alternative Provision (AP) usually refers to suitable full-time education that is arranged for a pupil from the sixth school day (or earlier) of a suspension or the sixth school day (or earlier) after the first day of a permanent exclusion.

In other circumstances, AP may refer to education arranged for childen and young people who are unable to attend mainstream or special schools and who are not educated at home. 

Children and young people educated in alternative provisions are among the most vulnerable. They include children with behaviour issues, those who have a short or long-term illnesses, school phobics, teenage mothers, pregnant teenagers, or pupils without a school place.

AP includes Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), AP academies and free schools, and hospital schools, as well as a variety of independent, registered, unregistered and further education settings.

APs in Northamptonshire include:

Age range
Suitable for ages from 5 years to 18 years
Referral Route
  • Education or School Referral
  • Professional Referral
Type of Service
Legislation, Policies, and Guidance
Eligibility Criteria
  • Age Range - School
  • Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET)
Provider Category
Targeted Services - Additional Support Needs
Special Needs
Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET)

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Last updated 02 June 2023