The alternative provision strategic lead and inclusion leads make educational provision for children who are not able to attend school.
We provide education in a number of ways:
- at a learning centre (also known as a pupil referral unit or short stay school)
- at other venues, or with other providers, but arranged and managed by the learning centres
- in the children's education unit at Dorset County Hospital
We have 4 learning centres:
These are all registered as schools by the Department for Education (DfE). A learning centre provides alternative education for those pupils who are unable to access mainstream school.
- have been permanently excluded from school
- be unable to attend school for medical reasons
Dorset Council's Children's Services and Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provide a tuition unit at Dorset County Hospital. They employ 2 members of staff to respond to educational needs across all age groups. At any given time the unit may need to respond to up to 20 pupils who are also patients.
Advice on exclusions and support for parents
We no longer have Exclusion Officers. Their duties are done by our Inclusion Leads. They can offers training, advice and support to head teachers, governors, pupils and parents on all aspects of exclusion. Your child may be temporarily suspended from school or permanently excluded.
We've written an excluded from school guide to help you understand what happens if your child or young person is excluded from school. This is general guidance only. You can find more information from either the school or your Inclusion Lead.
Contact our Inclusion Leads for more information:
Inclusion Lead for Chesil localityFull contact details
Inclusion Lead for Dorchester localityFull contact details
Inclusion Lead for East Dorset localityFull contact details
Inclusion Lead for North Dorset localityFull contact details
Inclusion Lead for Purbeck localityFull contact details
Inclusion Lead for West Dorset localityFull contact details
Support for parents
It can be a very stressful and worrying time if your child is permanently excluded. Remember you don't have to deal with the situation on your own.
Our Inclusion Leads will discuss the options that are available for your child. They will visit you at home and make arrangements on behalf of you and your child. If other professionals have worked with your child, for example, behavioural support teachers or an educational psychologist, our Inclusion Leads will ask for their views about appropriate educational provision.
Access to education for children and young people with medical needs
The Learning and Inclusion service and health services work together. They are committed to helping children and young people with health needs access as much education as their condition allows.
Alternative support for children and young people who can't access full-time education at school
We have support available for children and young people who need help when they're unable to be at school full time. Support includes:
- maths and English
- construction skills
- horse (equine) learning/therapy
- forest school activities
- outdoor learning
- music recording and production
- vocational training
- employability skills
- outreach support
- supported work placements
- group tuition
- online tutoring
This is called the alternative provision framework for children and young people.
Speak to your local Education and Early Help (SEND) Team or school for more details.