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DfE Accredited Online Alternative Provision

We are proud to be the first online alternative provision to be accredited by the Department for Education. We have supported the introduction of a quality assurance scheme for online providers since 2019 and welcome the rigorous standards that the DfE have set.

OEAS is a quality mark that assures schools, local authorities, families and students that the accredited provision meets the highest standards of teaching, safeguarding, and overall student welfare.

Achieving this accreditation reflects our commitment to providing high-quality provision and purposeful outcomes for the students we support. As the report notes, “Leaders have established a culture of high ambition and high expectations. There is a driven focus to provide the best online provision possible for the pupils they serve.”

Teen joins online class from school library

We’re pleased that multiple aspects of our provision are highlighted in the report including:

Learning Environment

"Teachers establish a positive learning environment, welcoming pupils into class by name and encouraging them throughout lessons. This has a demonstrable impact on improving pupils’ confidence and readiness to learn."


"Pupils’ attendance improves and evidence shows that the approaches taken enable pupils to make progress and, in many cases, successfully reintegrate back into their school or other educational placements."


"Pupils are closely supervised by staff at all times. Staff are kept fully informed of the vulnerabilities and needs of the pupils they teach in each class. This means they are highly attuned to pupils' needs and the provider's records show they routinely flag any concerns to leaders."

100% Live Teaching

"The success of this approach is reflected in the feedback we obtained from both parents and school mentors who all highlighted the personal qualities that teachers bring to their lessons which encourage pupils to engage (and often re-engage) in learning."

Commitment to Quality

"There is a driven focus on providing the best online provision possible for the pupils they serve. This extends to all aspects of Academy21’s work, including the quality of teaching and safeguarding."

Partnership Approach

"Schools and local authorities value the quality and regularity of the information they receive about the pupils they place at Academy21. They praise the responsiveness of the service they receive. In conversation with inspectors one such told us that ‘I am confident they wouldn't take on a new pupil if they couldn't meet that pupils' needs. They are not in the business of setting up a young person to fail."

Download The Full Report

The OEAS inspection is a robust process examining all aspects of effective provision through interviews, lesson observation, record-keeping reviews, focus groups, scrutiny exercises and evidence reviews. There are 92 standards that are assessed across 8 categories, these cover everything from student safeguarding to the quality of teaching and curriculum as well as school leadership.

At Academy21, we were pleased to put our practice through this scrutiny, to gain the validation from expert educationalists on the inspection team that our provision represents the highest standard of support for your people – safe, high quality and effective.

In achieving accreditation, we have an important validation of our provision of our fully live and adaptive teaching, which helps to develop relationships and build students’ confidence toward recognised outcomes.

We are pleased our customers can now make a clear choice – to choose an accredited provider that makes a demonstrable impact on young people’s outcomes.

You can download our full report below or see it on the Ofsted website here

Teacher reviews Academ21 student report