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​​​Education otherwise than at school (EOTAS) is an educational provision organised by the local authority to meet the specific needs of children and young people who, for whatever reason, are unable to attend a mainstream or a local authority school.

Children and young people in EOTAS are some of our most vulnerable learners and it is a priority to make sure that they are provided with a suitable education, that is of good quality and in which they can progress, is a priority.

Some of the provisions that come under the category of EOTAS are Bryn Y Deryn, which is our Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), and our Community Teaching Team.

When the local authority has placed learners in independent and non-maintained special schools, usually through their Statement of Special Educational Needs, then these provisions are also categorised as EOTAS.

The Welsh Government is focusing on improving outcomes for learners in EOTAS and has produced the long-term plan Education otherwise than at school (EOTAS) Framework for Action (2.7mb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​.​


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