Nationally, there is an expectation that young people entering alternative provisions are destined to fail. A 2020 report from the Centre of Social Justice found that only 4 per cent of such young people pass English and maths at GCSE (compared with 64 per cent in a mainstream setting). This culture of low expectations is a national issue, but not one found locally in our partnership. Seventeen per cent of young people achieved a grade 4 or above in both English and mathematics (compared to 4 per cent nationally).
In addition to eight per cent achieving grade 4 or above in GCSE or Level 2 equivalent in five or more subjects, this result will ensure the doors to greater opportunities are open or reopen doors previously shut to this cohort.
We hold firm to a position that the very best way to put ‘pushed-out’ learners back on an age-related progression pathway is to secure a set of qualifications that hold value post-16. Our collective commitment is to secure a recovery for children that avoids rising NEET through high currency qualifications is unwavering. Destinations remain consistently high.
Unity Academy performance over time
Due to the unique nature of Unity Academy, there are two main assessment approaches;
- Alternative Providers have the autonomy to decide how and by what means pupil progress is
assessed and tracked, but with the expectation this pupil progress data is submitted to Unity
Academy three times per academic year using the agreed assessment language.
- Unity Academy uses baseline and termly assessment data to provide support and challenge to
the alternative provisions, to help inform pupil placement and support the pupil’s journey.
To read our assessment guidance document – click here