Alternate Provision (AP)
Enfield AP Overview
The Enfield Alternate Provision (AP) team, work with and support all Secondary schools in the Enfield Borough, as well as work closely with the Enfield admissions team. Each learner referred to Alternate Provision are met by the team and matched accordingly to educational providers within our Alternate Provision network. The team will meet with learners, school/AP staff and parent/carers to ensure all are given information and guidance relating to the provision on offer.
Additionally, we work closely with multi-agency workers to support the young people, aid with monitoring attendance, achievements and continually work to seek solutions for day-to-day problems that may arise. The team also monitors contractual compliance and quality assurance of provisions across the network.
Enfield AP Referral Process
Enfield Alternate Provision (AP) mainly receive referrals from Enfield Secondary Schools or the Enfield Admissions Team. The young people referred are a normally mixture including, out of borough, with virtual schools, looked after children and some have EHCP’s.
We receive referrals for a number of different reasons, these can include behaviour and attendance issues, not coping well in a mainstream or PRU setting, gang affiliations, CSE/CCE, and new arrivals into the UK who need education arranged. Referrals will be Year 7-11 school ages, but the bulk of referrals are Years 9-11.
After assessing the referral, we will arrange a meeting with the young person, their family and any professionals involved to explain AP and go over which APs we have available. The young person’s safety, current working level, hobbies, future goals, the location of the provisions are all taken into consideration. Once a suitable AP is identified and agreed by all, a visit/interview is then arranged for that AP. Following the visit, a start date is agreed.
As part of Alternate Provision, our mentors will continually assess and meet with the young person with weekly visits identifying any support they may need. If the placement is not working out, we will review, look at options available and if needed, change the provision to another that is better suited to them. We work in partnership with each AP continuously to ensure our young people are placed in the most suitable provisions whilst trying our best to keep them engaged with education.
Enfield AP staff attend all professional and educational meetings to keep up to date with developments and give our input based on our meetings and interactions with the young person. If we feel it is needed, we will also offer and assign them to relevant agencies to help give them any additional support they may need.
Behaviour Support Groupwork
Behaviour Support Service (BSS) offer interventions in the form of groupwork. The purpose of intervention varies depending on the needs of the school or individuals.
The groups are identified and chosen by schools. Groups usually consist of up to 10 students and typically run for a duration of 6 weeks unless discussed previously with school. The school will select the individuals they wish to attend the group. BSS aim to meet all attendees individually before starting the group to explain to the young person what the groupwork will consist of. During the groupwork, needs will be explored and tackled through means of discussions, roleplay and other strategic methods to achieve the desired outcome.
BSS will keep a register to record attendance each week. On completion, everyone will be presented with a certificate acknowledging their participation and contribution to the group.
During and after the groupwork, the BSS staff member will identify if any young people need extra intervention. If this is needed, they can be referred by the school for 1:1 mentoring or whichever intervention is best suited for the individual.