We are trusted advisors for a broad range of alternative provision providers, as well as regularly advising schools in relation to arranging alternative provision. We have also been instructed on the academy conversions for a large number of Alternative Provision (AP) based Academy Trusts.

We understand both the challenges and opportunities educational institutions making alternative provision face, and this expertise allows us to help organisations to be proactive rather than reactive in responding to key legal challenges. Our dedicated team of solicitors and HR advisors understand the nuances of alternative provision and regularly advise in relation to:

    • Operational matters, such as admissions, behaviour management and exclusions, pupils’ needs and adjustments and matters relating to provision
    • Equality Act 2010 obligations, including Tribunal claims (such as disability discrimination)
    • Safeguarding duties and child protection concerns
    • Setting up and establishing AP schools and AP based Academy Trusts
    • Commercial and procurement matters
    • Contractual disputes
    • Parental complaints, including concerns relating to provision
    • Governance
    • Funding and managing relationships with Local Authorities and other commissioners
    • Employment and HR issues
    • Property and site management matters

The law and practice referred to in this article or webinar has been paraphrased or summarised. It might not be up-to-date with changes in the law and we do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided at the time of reading. It should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice in relation to a specific set of circumstances.