Private independent alternative provision

1. How many independent (privately funded and run) alternative provision schools are there in the LA? (these are for excluded pupils mostly. Am not talking about independent special needs schools. Am talking about privately funded alternative provision schools, not AP academies or free schools).


The Alternative Provision establishments used by Devon’s Inclusion Team are Academies and therefore do not meet the definition in this question.

2. What are their names, please


3. How many pupils were sent to privately funded, independent alternative provision schools in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16, and 2016-17, broken down by year, please?

Devon’s Inclusion Team does not place children in privately funded, independent alternative provision. Children who attend independent schools are placed there by parents funding the fees or are placed there by Special Educational Needs Team to meet their specific SEN requirements.

4. Who is choosing those places – the LA, or schools? Please explain.

N/A – see above

5. How much did it cost for the LA to fund those places in independent, private alternative provision in each of those years?


6. How much did each pupil cost on average to send into private alternative provision, for each of those years?


7. How many pupils were moved into local authority-run pupil referral units in the above years, 2011-12 all the way through to 2016-17? Broken down by year please

 YearNo of Pupils
 2011/12 100
 2012/13 92
 2013/14 177
 2014/15 n/a
 2015/16 n/a
 2016/17 n/a

i) 2011/12 and 2012/13 – annual returns submitted, 2013/14 onwards termly census returns submitted (change in DfE requirements)

ii) the three PRUs became Academies in 2014/15 and therefore figures have not been provided as they no longer meet the ‘LA run’ criteria in this question, they are now state-run academies

8. How many pupil referral units are in the LA?

3 establishments in Devon, all became Academy Alternative Provision in the 2014/15 academic year.

9. Why or under what circumstances does the LA send pupils into private alternative provision, rather than PRUs?

Devon do not place pupils into private alternative provision due to exclusion, please see earlier responses. Other reasons pupils may attend alternative provision is to support certain types of SEN, help with vocational training, therapeutic intervention (anxiety, trauma etc) alongside school based provision and to help transition to re-engage children who have been out of education