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Representing Local Authority and MAT-led Alternative Provision


PRUsAP represents the Alternative Provision sector of education, regionally and nationally. We challenge the stereotypes associated with AP and promote the success of schools and vulnerable young people in AP settings.

Raising Awareness

We work with politicians, the media, organisations and other school leaders across the education spectrum to help them understand Alternative Provision and the impact it can have on young people's lives.


We provide support and advice to schools, both in alternative provision and mainstream. Our Annual Conference is the focal point of our continuing professional development with additional events throughout the year that provide an opportunity for AP leaders to meet and discuss practice.

What is AP?

AP settings are places that provide education for children who are unable to attend a mainstream school.  The reasons for this are varied but may include being at risk of exclusion, excluded from school or have short or long-term illness, Special Educational Needs (SEND), or mental health needs. You may have heard the term Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), short stay school as well as AP.  Often AP has smaller class sizes and a bespoke curriculum to allow teachers and support staff to know each of their students individually and tailor their teaching to suit their needs. There is curriculum flexibility and teachers bring with them a wealth of professional and personal experience with a wide range of valuable skills to support each young person.

Latest News


Teaching RSHE to SEND Learners

A free webinar on teaching RSHE to SEND learners with Life Lessons and PRUsAP

Register today

With increasing numbers of SEND learners (19% increase since 2016) Life Lessons carried out research into what works in special schools for teaching RSHE. The findings will benefit all schools, mainstream and PRUs. Together with PrusAP, we are presenting a webinar on our findings.

Date:       Wednesday 5th June 2024
Time:      4pm – 5pm
Location: Online via Zoom

This webinar will include:

  • Sarah Johnson, President of PRUsAP will set the scene of the importance of RSHE for Pupil Referral Units and Alternative Provisions

  • April Smith, School Partnership Manager of Life Lessons, will present the findings of the SEND research project

  • Attendees will receive a one-page report on recommendations and key information.


Thursday, 20 July 2023

Nominations are now open for the 2023 PRUsAP Awards

Following another successful year in alternative provision, the time has once again come to recognise the dedication and tireless effort...


Thursday, 15 December 2022

PRUsAP December 2022 Newsletter

Read our December Newsletter below


Check out recent interviews with members of the PRUsAP Executive, Podcast episodes and more...



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