As part of the Back on Track agenda, £26.5 million was allocated to fund 12 innovative pilot projects to develop best practice and encourage greater diversity in alternative provision. The pilot programme commenced in April 2009 and funding, the majority of which was ring-fenced for capital development, ceased in April 2011.
This report sets out the findings from research into the Back on Track alternative provision pilots. These projects stemmed from a commitment in the 2008 White Paper, Back on Track: A strategy for modernising alternative provision for young people, to transform the quality of alternative education for those who are excluded from, or who for some other reason are unable to attend school.
The overarching aim of this research was to develop insights from the 12 specifically funded projects as part of the Back on Track pilot programme to investigate what can work in alternative provision, how and for whom, in order to advance understandings and inform future policy and practice.
The report includes:
- Executive Summary
- An overview of the Back on Track pilots
- The achievements and outcomes of the Back on Track pilots
- The infrastructure of the Back on Track pilots
- Constructing the Back on Track alternative provision offer
- Monitoring and accountability in the Back on Track pilots
- The challenges and key drivers of success and sustainability of the Back on Track pilots
- Conclusions and recommendations from the Back on Track pilots
Final report (PDF 140pp)