What is alternative provision in education?

Posted by
Hannah Hambleton
February 1, 2022
Bright Star alternative education provision

Alternative provision is a different type of education. It’s for those young people who struggle with their emotional needs, or who may need some different types of support.

Mainstream school is not for everyone, and quality alternative education provision is needed to meet the needs of young people who struggle in a mainstream environment. Alternative provision can show young people that regardless of what they’ve been through, they are still able to thrive. At Bright Star, we use a boxing based AP programme to support young people to gain qualifications, improve their mental health and develop their self-belief and confidence.

We’ve had young people say ‘I thought I was thick because I wasn’t doing well in school, but now I can see that I can use my skills elsewhere’.

Connecting on an emotional level

In an alternative provision environment, we can connect with these young people in a small group, on an emotional level to address individual needs, triggers and situations. It’s important that good alternative provision doesn’t just challenge young people on the usual core subjects and education impact and achievement, but it also has a lasting impact on other areas of their emotional  development too.

This can include:

  • Managing their thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • Resilience
  • Improving mental health
  • Managing anger and emotional development
  • Improving self-confidence and self-belief

Why is sport so good for alternative provision?

Most people are now aware of the huge benefits sport can have not only on physical health, but also mental health. For young people in an alternative provision education setting, these benefits can go a lot further- and can be life changing.

  • For young people who have been through a lot of trauma, or who have different and difficult attachment issues, sport (and play) has been proven to stimulate the nerve cells of the brain, as well as helping young people self-regulate their emotions and responses to often difficult situations and triggers.
  • Sport releases hormones and endorphins which can help young people feel calmer and more in control when they’re feeling emotionally overwhelmed by certain situations.
  • Sport is a great way for young people to develop a positive identity and attitude.
  • Sport can be used to help young people improve their self-control.

To find out more about Bright Star's boxing-based alternative education provision programme, please email [email protected].

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