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Academy21 is founded on an ethos that aims to give every young person the same opportunity to achieve and progress as their peers in mainstream education. Each year, we support over 1,000 young people across England and Wales, bringing education access to young people with complex behavioural, mental, and medical health needs. Following the National Curriculum, Academy21 provides a pathway for young people of all backgrounds to achieve strong recognised outcomes.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Sheila Mosley
Contact Position
Partnership Manage - North West
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A21 is a part of the Inspired Online Schools Group, which is the largest provider of live, online primary, and secondary education in the UK. Inspired Online Schools provides live and interactive online teaching to KS2, KS3, KS4 and KS5, delivering to the National Curriculum and providing academically focused study leading to the GCSE and A-Level qualifications.

We work with a range of learners from broad and diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to:

  • Excluded or at risk of exclusion
  • Physical and/or mental health conditions including anxiety disorders
  • Poor school attendance
  • School refusers
  • Challenging life circumstances

Our provision is:

  • Personalised to individual pupils’ needs
  • Flexible and suitable for long- and short-term requirements
  • Supportive, our teachers are experienced in delivering AP for pupils who may have high levels of anxiety or may have disengaged from learning
  • Academically focused with a broad and balanced curriculum for KS3 and KS4 pupils
  • Delivered live, through our custom-built platform by qualified and experienced teachers
  • Supported with user-friendly portals, which give access to resources, recordings, and a wide range of reports for mentors

Where to go

Head Office
Sixth Floor
3 Burlington Gardens


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A21 is an internet-based education provider that does not have any physical locations for learners to attend. Learners remain on the roll of their school, or the Local Authority and they retain responsibility for delivering the full-time statutory education offer and all other duties in respect of the learner.

The provision can be delivered anywhere that has access to a laptop or computer and a suitable broadband connection. This can be a dedicated room within the learner’s school, the learner's home, or another approved centre e.g., a library. It is the responsibility of the commissioning team to perform a thorough risk assessment of the site where the learner will be accessing the provision before the support commences. We are available to provide input on any aspects of the risk assessment that require our support.


Academy21 is an online education service that helps schools and local authorities to meet the challenge of delivering quality, cost-effective alternative short-, medium- and long-term provision. There is no minimum purchase, no block booking and we do not ask schools to purchase credits in advance. Please contact us for more details on the available commissioning options.


Referral required
Referral Details

We accept referrals throughout the academic year from Schools, Education Organizations, and Local Authorities. Our efficient online referral form guarantees a swift conclusion of the referral process, typically within two working days.

On referral, we ask the key stakeholders to share background information, including but not limited to existing assessment data, attendance data, and professional reports. This information is used to create a personalised curriculum and timetable to suit the learner’s individual needs with the aim of delivering the “Right Support, Right Place, Right Time” provision.

Other notes

We work with a range of young people from broad and diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to:

  • Not accessing mainstream education
  • Excluded or at risk of exclusion
  • Physical and/or mental health conditions including anxiety disorders
  • School refusers
  • Challenging life circumstances
  • Positive Expected Outcomes
  • Successful reintegration to mainstream school
  • Prevention of permanent exclusion
  • Acquisition of GCSEs, A-Levels or other qualifications
  • Completion of short term accredited and non-accredited courses
  • Positive changes in students’ attitude to learning, motivation, confidence and self-esteem
  • Improved behaviour (depending on existing conditions – can work well for ASD students)
  • Improved attendance and punctuality


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