Charlie Taylor writes:
On 1 September 2011 the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, made a speech at Durand Academy about the ‘educational underclass’. He was referring to pupils who are outside the mainstream education world who fail to achieve academically and grow up without the skills to become successful adults and members of society. He asked me to conduct this review of the existing provision and make recommendations for improving the outcomes for these vulnerable children. The starting point of this review is that the focus of pupil referral units and alternative provision, just as it is in schools, should be about getting high quality education for all pupils and the best value for public money. All decisions around provision should take this as the starting point.
The Department launched a six week consultation on 3 April 2012 to seek views on proposals to implement some of the recommendations in the March 2012 report, Improving Alternative Provision, by the Government’s expert adviser on behaviour, Charlie Taylor.
The consultation responses have now been carefully considered, and a report published, in the associated resources section, includes a summary of these responses and plans for next steps to reform alternative provision. As part of the next steps for implementation, as outlined in the report, regulations have been laid in Parliament and advice from the Department published.
The first part of this advice explains the statutory powers and duties that apply in relation to alternative provision. The second part contains statutory guidance to which the parties specified ‘must have regard’. The statutory guidance will come into effect from 1 January 2013.
Download Michael Gove's letter responding to and welcoming the recommendations and findings.
Download Charlie Taylor’s letter updating Michael Gove on implementing the recommendations from the review.
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Charlie Taylor's report on alternative provision.