For the 13th consecutive year, Junction 16 will continue to offer a robust and consistent quality assurance service for alternative provision in the city (recognised in our most recent Ofsted in May 2016). We remain extremely proud of our services and the support we provide that is valued by schools and young people who access it.

We have extended the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for another 12 months minimum, in order to be able to continue commissioning alternative provision on your behalf. It remains a flexible, competitive and approved way of working with any Alternative Provider. To buy outside of this system would require a school to provide and fund their own ongoing quality assurance checks in line with all elements of the Department for Education (DfE), (2013) Alternative Provision, Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities www.gov.uk/government/publications/alternative-provision

Quality Assurance of alternative provision remains a priority.  We carry out lesson observations and quality visits for all providers; we offer appropriate training to them throughout the year; we quality assure and feedback to schools regularly; we ensure Ofsted compliance for all provisions we support; we offer mentor support to each individual and a school link to ensure good communication and liaison.

Changes to our services

This academic year, there are quite a few changes to our services. COVID-19 has affected all of us in many ways and Junction 16/The Kingsmead School have not been exempt from this.

Due to COVID-19, Kingsmead School is unable to commission KS4 vocational provision, on behalf of the city, in the first instance. We have previously done this to secure places that can be requested individually on a flexible, ad hoc basis, thus reducing the overall cost of placements by meeting the minimum capacity.

Whilst you will be aware that many providers will also be affected by this change, we have worked hard to contract a range of alternative provision that can still be offered to you and your students. We will look to expand this as and when appropriate, and this will include our own internal vocational provisions (please click here to visit our Directory of Provision page for more details).

Providers will continue to work with their awarding bodies where applicable to navigate any changes in the qualifications they are able to offer to students. We understand the importance of this recognition and outcome for students and yourselves as their schools.

We are very pleased to be able to continue offering all of the services you have come to know and respect of Junction 16, including commissioning, contractual management, one point of contact mentor service, quality assurance and much more. The only change here will be that we have introduced fair and necessary service charges in order for us to facilitate these services on your behalf. Please click here to visit our J16 Services page for more details.

We will endeavour to maintain excellent relationships with the young people, parents or carers, schools and providers who we work with and will continue to strive to provide the highest quality, supportive service, to all those who access it.

Thank you as always for your ongoing support.

Vicki Grainger

Alternative Provision Manager