What is the APST?

The Alternative Provision Specialist Taskforce was fully funded by the Department for Education from 2021 to 2023. Since September 2023 it is now part funded by the Department for Education, MSPRU and partner agencies.

The aim of the project is to improve the outcomes for our children and families. 

We know that our pupils are often vulnerable to becoming involved in situations they can’t control, either as victims or as perpetrators. This project funds a specialist team, working alongside PRU staff, to support children and their families.

We have a large team of specialists including Youth Justice Workers, Complex Safeguarding Social Workers, Early Help, Remedi, Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, CAMHS, a Counsellor, Youth Engagement Workers, Careers Connect and Family Support.

These professionals are working together to

  • Improve pupils’ attendance
  • Reduce the risk of pupils becoming NEET
  • Improve pupils’ mental health and wellbeing
  • Reduce the risks of being involved in serious youth violence

Pupils can work with a range of specialists depending on their priority needs. Pupils are referred to the team through their centre staff and PSOs.

The Project Co-ordinator is Ged Deeney

Barlow Hall Rd,
Manchester M21 7JJ

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