Alternative pathways in Hackney

What is an alternative pathway?

Educational study programmes offered by independent organisations to young people aged 14-19 are often called alternative provision or pathways. Programmes are designed to provide a different educational route which includes a wider curriculum, these can be tailored to suit individual needs and interests. Most have a strong vocational focus and can be good preparation for further vocational study or apprenticeships at 16.

Students aged 14-16 can attend either part or full time and for 16-19 year olds programmes will generally be full time and designed to help young people into a traineeship, apprenticeship or employment. All young people aged 16-19 are now required to be in education or employment with training.

The information outlined below aims to provide the guidance needed to make an informed choice.

The Alternative Pathways Directory

The directory includes a wide range of local providers and contains information on each provider with an overview of their provision, full contact details and a link to their website. Some providers offer programmes for 14-16 year olds, others programmes for 16-19 year olds, while a few offer both.

The majority of programmes listed in the directory for young people over 16 are traineeships or apprenticeships.

The directory is intended as a guide and we advise anyone intending to commission places or attend a programme to make their own checks and visits to ensure they are happy with the quality or relevance of the programmes provided.


We welcome any feedback you have and any suggestions for further developing the alternative provision directory.

New Regents College

New Regent’s College is Hackney’s Pupil Referral Unit for primary and secondary aged pupils. They can assess a young person’s needs and source alternative pathway provision on your behalf. They use a range of specialised providers many of which can be found in the Alternative Pathways directory.

All 14-16 providers commissioned by New Regents College are quality assured as part of the QMET process and are marked in the Alternative Pathway directory with the New Regents quality assurance logo.

From September 2019 New Regent’s College is due to relocate to purpose built accommodation in Nile Street in Hackney and will have a cohort of year 10 learners following a GCSE Pathway.

Find out more about New Regents College and the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU). Contact Linda Quinn, Assistant Head, on 020 8985 6833 or email.

Quality assurance

All providers in the directory have been assessed on the quality of their provision. The type of quality assessment they receive will depend on the type of institution they are and the provision they offer. Quality ratings and marks are shown on each provider link. Read further information about quality ratings and marks.


14-19 Education Office

020 8820 7328
This page was last modified on: 20 Jul 2020