Accessibility Statement

Overview of Alternative Provision (AP)

Local Authorities must provide education for children and young people who have been permanently excluded or who are too ill to attend school for some time.  This is called Alternative Provision or AP.

AP interim placements are for children and young people who have just been excluded, this is called Day Six Provision (this name is because schools have to provide education from the 6th day of a permanent exclusion, so they may use AP's to provide this).

After this Day Six provision, a more permanent placement is sought, this could be another school or a longer term placement at an AP setting or provider.

The Department for education (DfE) have issued some guidance about Alternative Provision (DFE Guidance), (opens new page)

Alternative Provision offers a unique curriculum (which can include more practical work) and approaches that re-engage learners with education and which meet their needs, as well as helping them to prepare to go back to school or prepare them for adulthood. 

Schools and the local authority may also use alternative provisions in neighbouring areas if appropriate, details of these will be found in the Local Offers for those areas.

In Kirklees, AP is provided by the following:

In Kirklees we have agreements or contracts in place with all of the Alternative Provision (AP) settings, these contracts ended in August 2023.  We have done some work to look at these contracts and make sure we have enough AP places for the children and young people in Kirklees who need them.

The following information explains what Alternative Provision we currently have in Kirklees and what changes we have coming up.

  •  Provision for children & young people who have been permanently excluded (PX) – this is called “Day 6 Provision”.

Engage Academy will continue to provide time limited education for KS1&2 children who have been permanently excluded until December 2023.  For KS 3 children, this will be provided by Reach Academy and Pivot will provide this for KS4 young people.

This provides education until a permanent setting (either AP or other setting) can be provided.

In January 2024 there will be a new provider of Day 6 Provision, with space for 55 children in Key Stages 1,2,3&4.  The Local Offer will be updated with this information when it is ready.

  • Medical Provision for children and young people who are too ill to physically attend a setting.

Ethos College will continue to provide medical teaching until December 2023. From January 2024 this will be provided by Great Heights Academy Trust which will have 45 places available.

  • KS3&4 Assessment Places

Employability Solutions (Huddersfield) are providing 16 Assessment Places for young people in KS 3 & 4 who are experiencing significant social, emotional and mental health difficulties which is affecting their learning and ability to attend a setting.  These places run for up to 12 weeks and provide a chance for assessment to take place about the young persons needs, some short term interventions. This is also a chance for the young people to be educated in a more relaxed environment, which can help them to feel better about education and themselves.

At the end of the placement, there will be clear recommendations of the support required for them to access education as well as clear next steps for the young person.

Kirklees are working to create 16 more Assessment Places in the North of Kirklees, with the aim of these being available from January 2024.

  • Alternative Provision placements for Y9 onwards

 Kirklees has 40 AP places for young people in years 9-11, these are from:

 - Employability Solutions: 16 places

- Brian Jackson Huddersfield: 12 places

- Brian Jackson Heckmondwike: 12 places

These offer unique education for young people who are not able to access mainstream education.  They offer time spent doing vocational work (ie job based) as well as time spent doing more traditional work, such as English and Maths but taught by AP staff within a setting designed for young people with SEMH needs.  These places are NOT for young people with EHCP’s.

These places are more flexible than traditional teaching and are unique to each young person.

Specialist long term places for pupils with EHCPs and SEMH needs.

For Key Stage 1&2 Engage Academy will provide 14 specialist places for children and young people with an EHCP and SEMH as their main area of need.  Reach Academy will provide 26 places for KS 3 children and Ethos College will provide 20 places for KS 4 young people.

These are not AP placements but specialist placements and are the same as if a child or young person attended a special school such as Ravenshall or Southgate, the way to access a place here is to request it at an EHCP review.

As well as the above placements, Kirklees has a number of smaller other offers:

  • Outdoor Education with TAO Activities

TAO Activities provide therapeutic outdoor education through a 12 week programme (this can be extended or reduced if needed) with highly skilled and experienced staff with a focus on supporting young people to re-engage with education. TAO focuses intensively on social skills, resilience, independence and increasing mental health and well-being.

  • Online Learning with Academy 21

This will provide an alternative online approach to learning for children & young people who are experiencing difficulties learning in a traditional classroom setting by providing the following:

  • A tailored online education programme for pupils and personal guidance and support
  • A broad curriculum and the opportunity to study for recognised qualifications in several subject areas (including GCSE’s)
  • Regular reviews with the overall aim to support young people back into attending an educational setting (when they are ready).


The Alternative Provision's within Kirklees are working together to create an AP Directory which explains the offer from each of the AP's.

This also includes information about the cost of the placements, the curriculum, qualifications offered and who to contact.

This directory can be downloaded by clicking the following link:

Kirklees AP Directory (downloads MS Word file)

Schools or the Local Authority are responsible for making referrals to Alternative Providers.

You should speak with your school about AP's first as they are able to make referrals for a young person to attend an AP.

The DFE Vision for Alternative Provision explains the governments vision for how they would like AP's to work.

Last updated: 29/09/2020

Useful links

TAO Activities

TAO Activities

Pivot Academy

Pivot Academy

Brian Jackson College

Brian Jackson College

Employability Solutions

Employment Solutions

Engage Academy (Engage, Reach and Ethos)


Academy 21 Online Provision

Academy 21

Target Provision

Targeted Provision

Great Heights

Great Heights