Parliament’s Education Select Committee has published the written evidence submissions for its inquiry into Alternative Provision.

Alternative Provision is provided in settings such as Pupil Referral Units and educates pupils who are outside of the mainstream school system for a variety of reasons, such as school exclusion, school refusal or illness.

Members of the Education Committee, including Bury MP James Frith, have been seeking to discover whether young people being education in alternative provision such as pupil referral units are receiving the best possible support.

James, who has made education one of his top priorities as the town’s new MP, said:

“Some very disadvantaged young people receive their education through alternative provision and it is essential that they are given as good a quality of education as they would receive in a mainstream school.

“In recent months, the Education Select Committee has gathered evidence from 85 different organisations and it paints an overall picture of poor quality teaching, poor provision of resources for students and issues with how outcomes for students are measured.

“As a committee, we will be making recommendations to the Government to improve alternative provision to improve educational outcomes and life chances of young people here in Bury and across the country.

“Here in Bury, I’m working with parents, schools and the local authority to ensure that children are not unnecessarily excluded from mainstream education and encouraging schools where possible to provide in-school provision.”

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