Inquiry into Alternative Provision launched by Education Committee

Inquiry into Alternative Provision launched by Education Committee

The House of Commons education committee has launched an inquiry into alternative provision.

Robert Halfon, chair of the committee, says that the aim of the inquiry is to establish whether pupils educated through alternative provision are receiving the “best possible support”.

He continued: “Students in alternative provision are far less likely to achieve good exam results, find well-paid jobs or go on to further study. Only around one per cent of young people in state alternative provision receive five good GCSEs.

“As a Committee dedicated to promoting social justice, we are committed to examining these issues in our inquiry and pressing government, local authorities, schools and others to do all they can to improve educational outcomes and life chances.

“Every student, whatever their background, should be given the chance to climb the educational ladder of opportunity.

In addition to looking at the quality of their education and the outcomes of these students, the Committee will also look at safeguarding and resources within AP, provision of AP within schools and regulation of independent providers."

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