Olive Academies is delighted that funding from the Department for Education has been secured for targeted transition and mentoring support for Year 11 pupils in alternative provision (AP) schools and academies across England.
Mark Vickers, Chief Executive at Olive Academies and Chair of the AP/SEND MAT CEO Network, has been involved in weekly discussions with the Department for Education (DfE) during the pandemic. The DfE has listened carefully to the concerns raised by Olive Academies and other AP leaders about the particular challenges Year 11 students in alternative provision are likely to face when they re-engage in education or further training in the autumn.
In response, the Children and Families Minister, Vicky Ford MP, announced on 4 June 2020 a national funding package worth £7 million to support the transition of Year 11s. 11,300 Year 11 pupils across England will now benefit from one-to-one transition support as a result of this funding.
Work to put in place targeted support for the young people in Year 11 at Olive Academies has begun straight away; a tailored package of support to meet the needs of each of our students.
Mark Vickers said: “This announcement has been warmly welcomed by AP and SEND MAT leaders from across the country who can now access extra funding to deliver crucial transition support for pupils who are now at a greater risk of ending up not in employment, education or training. This funding will help ensure that our Year 11s are better equipped for the next stage of their learning journeys.”
The minister showed her commitment to our work in AP and our students, when she said, “…being excluded from school does not mean being excluded from education.”
You can read the full government press release at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/7-million-for-vulnerable-pupils-leaving-alternative-provision