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NSN Director: Disparities in funding, quality and location of AP present real challenges for families

Monday, May 11, 2020
Responding to the Centre for Social Justice report 'Warming the cold spots of alternative provision: A manifesto for system improvement', NSN Director Unity Howard said:

"This important research by the Centre for Social Justice is very welcome. Last year, in our report Free schools: the next 10 years, we identified disparities in funding, quality and location that present real challenges for families with some of our most vulnerable young people.

"Different funding models for special and alternative provision free schools acts as a disincentive for local authorities to apply to open an AP free school, rendering the chance of securing a high-quality AP place a total postcode lottery. This does not have to be the case. Some of the best, most innovative AP can be found in the free schools programme and we need to see more set up to avoid the current issues of unregistered AP increasing. That is why we believe a centrally managed AP wave should be launched so good AP can be established in every area.

"We welcomed the Government’s manifesto commitment and we hope that establishing more high-quality alternative provision will be delivered in the near future."