Academy 21

An alternative education provider offering live online alternative provision for learners with behavioural, medical and mental health needs.

How it can help

They offer flexible learning programmes to children and young people with a wide range of needs. They also offer pastoral support to help re-engage young people with education. 

All learning is delivered online through small groups in fully interactive lessons. Timetables, homework activities and tutorial sessions are tailored to the individual. 

They have a team of teachers who have experience in mainstream, Special Educational Needs and alternative provision. They have a team of subject specialists.


11 to 16


A pupil is eligible for alternative provision if they:

  • have been permanently excluded
  • are unable to attend school because of illness for 15 days or more, and the school is unable to provide suitable education during that time
  • need off-site provision to improve their behaviour
  • have an Education, Health and Care Plan and the Local Authority considers that it would be inappropriate for the child’s needs to be delivered in a school setting
  • have an Education, Health and Care Plan and are awaiting a suitable school placement

How to access

The local council or your child’s school will arrange alternative provision.

If your child is being placed in alternative education by Essex County Council, the provider must be approved and included on the Individual Packages of Education (IPES) framework. This provider has been successful in meeting the required standard and is approved to provide IPES support in Essex.

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