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The Manchester Register of Alternative Provision

(UNENDORSED) January 2014 – December 2014


While all providers included in the Manchester Register for Alternative Provision have completed an Organisational/Business Information Questionnaire produced by Manchester Corporate Procurement Service, schools and academies need to be aware that the providers listed in this register are not being recommended. This questionnaire requested detailed information in regard to basic business, finance and health and safety compliance checks. The providers listed in the register have been scrutinised, assessed and passed in these areas by the Manchester Corporate Procurement Service. The requirements and criteria are in line with the City Council expectations. It is important to note that completion of the Stage One Questionnaire is not a contract for work. The quality assurance of providers and the placing of young people is the responsibility of the commissioning school or academy. At the point at which a school or academy chooses to engage one of these providers for a young person it is their responsibility to make their own checks and decisions about the quality and safety of the current practices in place in each organisation.

Welcome to the MEWAN information page for the register of alternative provision in Manchester. The details outlined on this website provide schools, academies and
providers with national policy links, information and guidance about the checks and arrangements which should be in place before agreeing an alternative placement for a young person.

The information and guidance includes exemplars of processes and systems for all partners (commissioning schools, academies and providers of alternative provision) to follow to ensure quality assurance procedures for providers and schools and academies wishing to work together.

  • Thousands of children and young people across England receive some, or all, of their education in settings other than school. It is vital that pupils accessing alternative provision continue to receive a quality service, with an appropriate curriculum delivered by quality staff, in a safe environment. This would also include good facilities and efficient referral processes to ensure that all pupils make progress and achieve good outcomes.

Where a school/academy commissions an alternative education placement, it retains responsibilities relating to the pupil that cannot be transferred to the external provider. The school/academy must ensure that the provision is of good quality, value for money and meets the pupils’ needs around safeguarding, curriculum and welfare.

To assist our schools/academies in this process, Manchester Local Authority has created a register of providers. The register is valid and available until December 2014. A copy of the register can be downloaded here.

For further information about the process and to access support and resources:
The Manchester Directory of Alternative Providers

The Manchester Directory of Alternative Providers has been complied over the last academic year (September 2009 - July 2010). Providers that appear in the directory have given information and examples of their business arrangements, policies, practices, learning opportunities and expected outcomes. This process has provided the local authority with an indication of the quality of what might be provided and supported providers ensuring that each organisation has the necessary documentation, training and procedures in place. 

The providers:

  • Have gone through the application process and meet certain standards of good practice
  • Own a portfolio of evidence to share with schools and services
  • Are prepared to work in collaboration with schools and services within a citywide agreed quality framework

However, at the point at which a school chooses to engage one of these providers for a young person it is their responsibility to make their own checks and decisions about the quality and safety of the current practices in place in each organisation.

The Local authority has provided a handbook for use by schools and providers which gives more detail and guidance about the checks and arrangements which should be in place before agreeing a placement for a young person.

Please note that the Directory application process is a separate application process from OFSTED Registration as an independent school.

There are guidelines for schools and Local Authorities to use when commissioning any alternative provision which can be found at Procurement and Supplier Management.

 

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