There have always been children and young people for whom school have not worked either on temporary and permanent bases. They have had access to alternative provisions varying hugely in their resource, capability and success. At their worst, they have been shocking settings where ‘problems’ have been hidden and largely forgotten. At their bes,t there have been settings with some of the most creative and innovative programmes and ideas that have saved and transformed lives.
Flexischooling opportunities blended with self-managed learning, individual learning plans, distance learning, work experience programmes could develop to support a range of these children and young people.