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The Prince's Trust Review


Only 1.4% of young people in Alternative Provision achieve five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Maths.

Sponsored by HSBC, The Prince's Trust's new research with The University of Nottingham makes recommendations on how to ensure the provision available is of the highest quality, building on current best practice.

The research, carried out over a period of nearly two years, encompasses a comprehensive international literature review, 17 case studies (available 31 October) across the United Kingdom, and consultations with key stakeholders to look at how best to help young people who are struggling in mainstream school.

Pat Thomson, Professor of Education at The University of Nottingham who led the research said: “Our research shows that there are many positives to take from the alternative provisions currently in place. Much of what is achieved is largely owed to dedicated individuals committed to improving the prospects of the young people that they work with. That said, practitioners require better support to offer a high-quality, sustainable and helpful environment for young people.”

As well as informing the development of The Trust’s own provision, we are keen that the research has a wider impact among practitioners and policymakers across the sector.

Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust believes, “Too many young people struggle to achieve the qualifications and skills they need to transition into employment or further training. This is a huge waste of potential, both for the individual young people and for our economy which fails to benefit from their talents and ideas.

See what this research says about Apricot: Apricot Online Case Study