Alternative Provision: Pathways to Excellence Conference

Friday 23rd February 2018 – Norwich Cathedral

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Pathways to Excellence Conference

Join us for a day of advice and workshops on Alternative Education Provision at The Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral

About The Event

St-Eds has delivered alternative provision for over a decade and is continuing on building strong relationships with local providers and schools. This conference will provide you with the opportunity to think about what the sector does and how it contributes to the education of thousands of young people.

Alternative provision offers a flexible and practical education for many young people. If you deliver alternative provision to mainstream education this conference is designed to help you identify barriers and solutions to ensure you are offering the highest quality alternative learning provision possible.

Key Issues To Be Addressed
  1. Developing a unique approach to the education and training requirements of young people.
  2. Examining which methods we can use to provide effective post-16 destinations.
  3. Developing innovative strategies for benchmarking and monitoring in-line with sector standards.
Benefits Of Attending
  1. Opportunity to network with other providers.
  2. Gain understanding of how to implement methods of easing pupils’ transitions between mainstream schools, alternative providers, FE colleges and employment.
  3. Examine methods of providing post-16 destinations.


We will be running three workshops during the day and visitors will be able to attend two from the following:

Workshop 1: Skills4Success – The Power of Mentoring

Laura Anderson & Jo Gurvidi (UEA & Villiers Park Educational Trust)

Focusing on approaches to successful mentoring based on the National Scholars Programme.

Workshop 2: Social Work & Behaviour Management

Tara Bliss-Appleton, Welfare Manager & Social Worker at St-Eds

Integrating professional pastoral support into alternative provision.

Workshop 3: Mental Health

Martha Russell & team from Central Norfolk Youth Service

Discussing mental health and the focus on young people in Norfolk.

Guest Speakers

We are pleased to announce the following guest speakers at the event:

Kath Wright – CDI New Careers Strategy

Jamie Weatherhead – Department for Education

Stuart Rimmer – Principal of East Coast College