The Education Act 2011 received royal assent on 15 November 2011. When its section 53 is brought into force, the Academies Act 2010 will be amended to allow for the creation of ‘alternative provision’ academies.
This is how they are defined:
“An educational institution meets the requirements of this section if—
(a)it is principally concerned with providing full-time or part-time education for children of compulsory school age who, by reason of illness, exclusion from school or otherwise, may not otherwise receive suitable education for any period,
(b) it provides education for children of different abilities, and
(c) it provides education for children who are wholly or mainly drawn from the area in which it is situated.
(2) “Suitable education”, in relation to a child, means efficient education suitable to the child’s age, ability and aptitude and to any special educational needs the child may have.
(3) An Academy which meets the requirements of this section is to be known as an alternative provision Academy.”