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The Voice of

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

Not only do we represent the sector, 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?

Not all pupils are suited to mainstream education settings. Young people who do not attend mainstream school due to behavioural issues, short or long-term illness, special educational needs, mental health needs or school exclusion might move to a pupil referral unit or alternative provision. With smaller class sizes allowing for 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


PRUsAP AP Awards 2021

Thursday 30th September

The ceremony for the inaugural PRUsAP awards were held on Thursday 30th September, ahead of the 2021 Annual Conference.

Congratulations to our very first award winners.

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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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