Alternative Provision Directory

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Alternative Provisions Directory

This directory has been developed to provide free and impartial information to schools on alternative provision and/or services that can support children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.   

Together for Children is not responsible for quality assuring the alternative providers or services contained in this directory.  We cannot endorse or recommend any providers listed.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of all of the information on this site, Sunderland City Council and Together for Children cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information supplied by service providers, third parties or for any information accessed via links to other websites.

We would recommend that you always check with providers listed to ensure that their service or organisation meets your requirements.

Alternative Provisions Directory

For children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and pupils with a medical condition that impacts attendance in school.


In Education & Schools

  • Support to identify children missing from education.
  • Together for Children is here to support you and your organisation to develop a highly skilled and professional teaching workforce.
  • We provide advice and practical support to all schools and their practitioners in Sunderland, to deliver improved outcomes for children and their families with English as an additional language.
  • Information and support around exclusions.
  • Together for Children provides a comprehensive governor support, advice and continuing professional development service for schools and academies.
  • We provide HR support and advice to schools, academies and multi academy trusts.
  • When a child has been experiencing difficulties at school, particularly of a behavioural nature, head teachers may suggest that a parent considers a managed move for their child.
  • Together for Children works with Sunderland Music Hub and the city's schools, teachers, practitioners, young people and organisations to ensure all young people can access a high quality music education.
  • Governors have a vital role to play as the link between schools and the local community.
  • The Vulnerable Pupils Panel (VPP) was developed to consider referrals to Together for Children's locally commissioned alternative educational provisions.