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Alternative Provision

Gul has been an Alternative Provider of Education since 2014. We offer this provision to any young person in the education sector, including those in both mainstream and specialist primary and secondary schools, those currently outside or transitioning back into mainstream schooling, those who are unable to attend school, and home-schooled young people.

Gul currently provides its services to over 80 schools nationally at Key Stages 1 to 5, along with working with all county councils in the area where the charity operates.

Gul’s Alternative Provision is bespoke and young person-focused, in practical terms, attendance can be for as little as 15 minutes but typically from half a day to multiple full days. Gul does not offer provision longer than 15 hours per week. The charity is fortunate enough to be able to offer a variety of services from Equine Assisted Services (more details here) involving its herd of native ponies, to bushcraft, (more details here) outdoor cookery, play, gardening, walking, and navigation. The charity offers multiple routes to academic progression from internal achievement awards to nationally recognised awards from AQA and riding qualifications from the ABRS at all points during their journey with Gul our team members will be talking to the young people, discussing how they are feeling and steering them towards achieving their goals.

The referral pathway is the same as all of Gul’s therapy services, namely, contact is made ideally by a professional involved with the young person, typically a school SEND worker, or a social worker but also by parents and doctors. This enquiry is processed by our office and more details are requested before a face-to-face appointment is booked with a Gul professional, the young person, and their key worker/parent. Once the needs have been discussed an offer of provision is made.

Attainment at Gul can sometimes be difficult to quantify, however, the team tracks progress using a variety of measures, beginning with our assessment at which four to five goals are set using a recovery star (link or picture) Gul will then monitor progress towards these goals, attendance, certificates started/achieved and through conversation and note taking the well being of the young person. This data is summarised and presented to the commissioner of the provision termly although interim communications, attending welfare meetings, and safeguarding reporting occur in addition to these.


If you have further questions about Gul ‘s provision then you can contact us HERE or arrange to visit our sites in Wiltshire, Wales or Orkney.

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