Futures project for young people takes share of £4m fund

Our view

Our project to help young people educated outside of the mainstream school system, get into further education or employment, has been given a huge boost thanks to the Alternative Provision Innovation Fund.

It was announced yesterday by Schools Standards Minister, Nick Gibb, that we have been selected as one of just nine innovative schemes across the country to benefit from a £4million fund to develop new ways of improving alternative provision. The funding aims to support children and young people educated outside of mainstream or special schools and help them succeed later in life.

Starting in September, we will begin a programme of work alongside local alternative provision providers, local authorities and voluntary sector partners from across Nottinghamshire, to help get more young people, who have been educated in alternative provision, the help they need to pursue further education opportunities or seek employment.

Evidence shows children educated in alternative provision are less likely to achieve good GCSE grades or be in education, employment or training post-16.

The Alternative Provision Innovation Fund was set up earlier this year to help get children back into mainstream education when it is suitable, encourage parents and carers to be more involved in their child’s education, help young people make good academic progress, and move on to further education or employment.

“We’re working with a number of local Alternative Provision providers, local authorities and voluntary sector partners, and this project will make a significant impact on young people’s life chances, and on providers’ ability to sustain that impact going forward.”