Northampton Town Education Centre offers a broad, bespoke range of Alternative Provision and Intervention Programmes. All of our programmes aim to raise confidence, self-esteem and aspiration, engage reluctant learners or those who are in crisis, vulnerable or at risk of exclusion. As a Child Centred provision we start with the needs, interests and talents of the individual or group and build a programme from that point to provide opportunities for progress and success that also supports the school’s desired outcomes.

Whilst the majority of our programmes are based on sports themed learning, we do have a creative approach to programme content as not all young people are motivated by sport. All of our programmes suit the kinaesthetic learner, as our provision makes full use of its location at the PTS Academy  Stadium, Sixfields  and our team of qualified teachers and education professionals to enhance the learning experience and ensure that young people make good progress during their time with us. In addition to our wide range of ‘Playing for Success’ or confidence and self-esteem building activities (all underpinned with numeracy, literacy and ICT) our programme content can include accredited ASDAN Short Courses, English and Maths Functional Skills and Sports Leader qualifications for under 16’s. We also offer GCSE equivalent Level 2 BTEC Sport qualifications to KS4 students on one or two day per week programmes.

Our KS4 provision also provides opportunities for young people to progress on to our own Post 16 full-time Level 2 and Level 3 Football and Education Programmes, Traineeships, Extended Work Experience placements and Apprenticeship opportunities.

As all of our programmes are bespoke and designed according to need, we are unable to describe a typical programme but all would usually fit in to one of the group size categories below:


  • 1:1 Provision – for young people who may be in crisis or in need of additional support for a specific period of time or on an ongoing basis. Students typically attend 1 – 3 days per week, depending on need.
  • Small Group Provision – typically 3-5 students from different schools with similar needs or level of support required. Social grouping is very important with small group work in order to create a conducive, safe environment for learning. Typically, students will start in a 1:1 provision and as we get to know the student we place them in appropriate groups. Students typically attend small group sessions 1 – 3 days per week, depending on need. This provision can be scheduled/ timetabled for a specific start date and programme duration or develop ‘organically’ as young people in our 1:1 provision progress.
  • Group Provision – typically 8 – 12 students from the same school with similar needs. Most successful as an early intervention and for students who are motivated by sport. Programmes typically run between 6 and 10 weeks, one full or two half-days per week. These programmes are usually underpinned by a combination of programme content including Playing for Success type activities, ASDAN Short Courses, Sports Leader Awards or FA Coaching courses.
  • Whole class visits – typically a reward-type visit or part of a transition programme. These programmes involve a number of different activities including NTFC themed activities, curriculum based sessions and team games and problem solving activities in and around Sixfields Stadium and the Education Centre.



For further information please contact Jean Limpitlaw on or tel: 01604 759864