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What is Academy21?

Academy21 is the first online alternative provision to be accredited by the DfE. We exist to support young people and to provide a supportive pathway through their education and on to successful futures.

Making a difference, together

We take a partnership approach and work with our customer schools and local authorities to ensure that the students placed with us receive the education they need and deserve, with tailored timetables, the right balance of subjects and SEN or additional needs catered for.

Our dedicated regional teams provide unparalleled customer service that ensures students and schools are set up for success.

The Online Alternative Provision Experts

All Academy21 teachers have QTS, are DBS checked and are UK-qualified subject specialists. But more than that, all of our teachers have chosen to work in an AP setting, they are genuinely passionate about creating the best learning experiences for their students and have special expertise in teaching those that may be anxious or withdrawn.

Our lessons are delivered 100% live in our interactive classrooms, where our educators can connect with their students and deliver adaptive teaching.

Recommended Usage

The DfE recommends that schools use accredited online provision since the introduction of the Online Education Accreditation Scheme. Online alternative provision works for many students, but like many strategies may not work for all. For some it can be an effective pathway to re-engage with learning, achieve recognised qualifications and/or transition back to mainstream education. Our regional partnership managers take a consultative approach when working with schools to ensure that the type of provision, timetable and combination of subjects is right for each child. Our live lessons and small class groups mean teachers can build rapport with students and increase student engagement over time. Many of our schools find success by starting their student(s) on a smaller number of subjects per week, before building in additional classes. In addition, many students start learning independently at home, where confidence is built with the help of our empathetic and supportive teachers, before their schools encourage a gradual reintegration to on-site learning. This can be through attending school a few times per week, while still studying with Academy21, or through a hybrid approach where Academy21 is used within an on-site unit to support academic study, freeing up school resources for pastoral support.

Educational Impact

improve attainment
build student knowledge
reduce teacher workload

Additional evidence

Oct 2023

Case study: Haybrook College

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Feb 2024

Ofsted report

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Dec 2022

Testimonial: Greenwood School

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CompanyBusiness Name: Academy21
HQ Location: United Kingdom
Founded: 2005
Age Range11-13, 14-16
Features24/7 Reporting100% Live And Adaptive TeachingSupport For ReintegrationGoal SettingAttendance MonitoringEffort, Understanding And Interaction ReportingLearning Pathways Tailored To Each StudentOne-to-one Teacher SupportDfe AccreditationTermly Teacher ReportsWide Subject ChoiceGcse RescueTailored Timetables
AccessibilityRobust features
PoliciesTerms of ServicePrivacy PolicyGDPR
RequirementsInternet - Low BandwidthDesktop - MacDesktop - WindowsDesktop - ChromebookDesktop - Linux

For the best learning environment we recommend using a desktop or laptop computer and the chrome browser. Students will require a set up that includes speakers and a microphone. We recommend the use of a headset that combines both sound and mic.

Access to Office 365 software is desirable for all students and compulsory for those studying functional skills ICT. A pdf viewer is also recommended.

Set Up

With a swift 48-hour turnaround for new enrolments, we make onboarding smooth and seamless for everyone involved. Our support for students starts on day one, with live induction classes and walkthroughs that help each pupil get off to a confident, happy start.

Student changes or additions to existing accounts can also be completed within 48-hours, often less.

TrainingIn PersonLive OnlineWebinarsDocumentationVideos

Our portals have been custom-built to account for accessibility needs and to make them as user friendly as possible so minimal training is needed. Students receive a live induction when they join to ensure they get off to the best possible start. There's also an induction video for students and mentors, and 'how to' guides as well.

SupportEmailFAQs/ForumKnowledge BasePhone Support

Our regional customer teams are available by phone, email or video call. Technical support is easy to access through our website chat, where the technical support team is on hand to help answer any questions that may arise.

Home Learning

School must create the account.

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We work directly with schools and local authorities who retain our provision on behalf of their pupils. Our provision cannot be purchased or 'booked' directly by parents at this time. However, if Academy21 has been suggested by your school for your child, we do have information for parents on our website at the link above.

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Academy21 Pricing

Pricing Plans

Paid Subscription

Academy21 pricing starts from £1900 / year

Pay-as-you-go, half termly, termly and annual commissioning options give you the flexibility to meet the needs of your students whether they require short, medium or long-term provision.

We understand that your needs can change quickly from week to week, so we provide:
- Quick and efficient changes at no additional cost
- Flexible commissioning options
- no minimum purchase or advanced purchase of 'credits' required
- students can study as little as 1 subject per week if required

Lessons are delivered Monday to Thursday (4 lessons), over a 38 week term. Consolidation classes on Fridays, pastoral support courses and additional academic support classes for students with additional needs are also available.

1 seat, (1 subject, 1 student) for 38 weeks = £1900 with an annual contract. This includes 100% live, adaptive teaching in small groups, flexible learning pathways tailored to each student, one-to-one tutorials and 24/7 reporting for schools, all through our easy to use, custom-built portals.

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Academy21 Reviews

4.9 out of 5

from 3 Verified Reviews

Academy21 has collected 3 reviews in the past 6 months

User rating



Chris Lloyd

Lead practitioner for alternative provision

The Cooper School, England

Used Academy21 daily for 1-2 years

May 2024

I highly rate AC21 as a learning tol for students with specific needs.

Chris Lloyd found Academy21:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Teachers are not having to set specific work for students, allowing them to focus on students in lessons.
  • Significantly improves attainment
    The main marker is the engagement in GCSEs at KS4, which is positive.
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Confidence to sit exams/assessment
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Jim King

Assistant Principal & Designated Safeguard Lead

Langdon Academy, England

Used Academy21 daily for 7–12 months

Apr 2024

The team at Academy21 are very knowledgeable and helpful

Reply from Academy21:Thanks for your feedback Jim.
Jim King found Academy21:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Reduce the need to supply work to children on suspension
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Students with medical conditions that are unable to attend school
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
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Melanie Orchard

Assistant Principal

Magna Academy, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Used Academy21 weekly for 1-2 years

Apr 2024

Provide excellent online support, good communication, quick to respond

Reply from Academy21:Thank you for the feedback Melanie. Great to hear your students are accessing from home.
Melanie Orchard found Academy21:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Providing an education to students who are home means teachers do not need to provide this work.
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    Students feel more comfortable at home so are accessing more education
  • Moderately improves attainment
    Access to teachers
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
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