Forgotten children: alternative provision and the scandal of ever increasing exclusions Contents



1 Introduction



Our inquiry

2 What’s going wrong in mainstream schools?

The rise in exclusions and pupils being educated in alternative provision

The causes of an increase in exclusions and referrals to alternative provision

A lack of early intervention and support

Behaviour policies

An increase in mental health needs

Off-rolling, Progress 8 and a narrowing curriculum.

3 The process of exclusion and referral

School powers and pupils’ and parents’ rights

Children getting to the right place at the right time

The right place

The right time

A lack of oversight

Commissioning of alternative provision

Fair Access Protocols

4 What does good alternative provision look like?

In-school alternatives

Quality of teaching

Recruitment and training of teachers


Continuing professional development

Curriculum and school ethos

Outreach and collaboration

Unregistered provision

5 Successful outcomes and destinations



Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 25 July 2018