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What does alternative provision mean in this- please help

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by cys2017, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    baisically the job description to work with Sen students says :

    The applicant should understand key aspects of the role of teaching assistants within alternative provision. What does alternative provision mean!! Any help would be useful

  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Alternative provision (AP) is education outside 'mainstream' school, arranged by local authorities or schools, for pupils who do not attend mainstream school for reasons such as school exclusion, behaviour issues, school refusal, or short- or long-term illness. Did you not even get just one lecture or have to read up on SEN during your training?

    In an SEN situation that is likely to mean that the students either have learning or physical difficulties which means the curriculum has to be adapted to their needs and abilities.

    In practice that means you may need to have knowledge and understanding of how to handle behaviour or anger management problems, including whether you are allowed to 'physically restrain any child- not unless you've received training.

    I recommend you put some effort into doing some personal research into this. Even if you don't get the job that knowledge will be useful in a whole range of other situations. Not every child ho needs it gets a place in SEN, or parents refuse to accept them and you will still encounter these in ordinary Schools.
    agathamorse and Vince_Ulam like this.
  3. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    One of my specialisms is SEN. However I haven’t heard the rearm alternative provision in my area until now. We usually call them special education schools.
  4. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    Go to a special education school you mostly find pupils of low ability taught with a nurturing attitude and it can be very rewarding. Alternative provision is more like organised chaos where many pupils are disruptive and are not interested in learning much but the hope is that they return to their school when they have adjusted their attitude.
    MarieAnn18, agathamorse and cys2017 like this.

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