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Home tuition service

Home tuition

The home tuition service provides temporary educational support for children and young people who are unable to attend school for medical or health reasons

We offer this service as per the Department for Education’s (DFE) statutory guidance on ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs.

For information read the GOV.UK – Health Needs Guidance.

Our role

Our duty is to all children and young people who would normally attend mainstream schools, including academies, free schools, independent schools and special schools, or where a child or young person is not on the roll of a school. It applies equally whether a child cannot attend school at all or can only attend intermittently.

The role and responsibilities of the local authority are:

  • Local authorities are responsible for arranging suitable full-time education for children of compulsory school age who, because of illness, would not receive suitable education without such provision.
  • The law does not define full-time education but children with health needs should have provision which is equivalent to the education they would receive in school. If they receive one-to-one tuition, for example, the hours of face-to-face provision could be fewer as the provision is more concentrated.
  • Where full-time education would not be in the best interests of a particular child because of reasons relating to their physical or mental health, local authorities should provide part-time education on a basis they consider to be in the child’s best interests. Full and part-time education should still aim to achieve good academic attainment particularly in English, Maths and Science.

The Home Tuition Service provides temporary educational support for children and young people who are unable to attend school for medical reasons, however there are circumstances where our intervention would not be required. Such circumstances are:

  • Where the child or young person can still attend school with some support
  • Where the school/academy has made arrangements to deliver suitable education for the child or young person
  • Where arrangements have been made for the child or young person to be educated in a hospital by an on-site hospital school.

How children and young people access Home Tuition support

Home tuition is usually for children and young people who cannot go to school because they are ill and have been away from school for more than 15 days. For the first 15 days of absence, your child’s school or academy will provide work to be done at home.

Home tuition is not a substitute for school attendance and will not normally be provided if a child has been excluded or has general attendance problems.

Schools and academies (or local authority SEND services / medical services when the child is new to the area and or not on a school roll) in discussion with relevant parents or carers can request for a child to access the Home Tuition Service.

When support will start

Parents or carers are usually asked to provide evidence from a consultant of the need for alternative provision arrangements such as home education. Once it has been identified that alternative provision is required, arrangements should be made as quickly as possible to appropriately meet the needs of the child or young person.

Arrangements for provision should begin as soon as it is clear that an absence will last more than 15 days. Where an absence is planned, for example for a stay or recurrent stays in hospital, arrangements should be made in advance to allow provision to begin from day one.

With planned hospital admissions, teachers who will be teaching the child should be given as much forewarning as possible, including the likely admission date and expected length of stay. This allows them to liaise with the child’s school about the programme to be followed while the child is in hospital.

Regard must be given to any medical advice offered by the hospital when they discharge a child, as to how much education will be appropriate for them after discharge, when they might be ready to return to school and whether they should initially return to school on a part-time basis only.

Returning to school

All children and young people access support from the Home Tuition service in the knowledge that their ultimate goal should be to return to school on a phased return basis if required as soon as their health permits such.

Most children and young people are able to return to full time education in their original school setting once they have recovered from the health or medical issues. Following consultation with the child or young person, parent or carer, school or academy and service tutor an individual programme of gradual reintegration will be arranged and tailored to the child’s needs. Home Tuition tutors often provide tuition sessions on the school site or in-class support, as a means of assisting adjustment back to a school environment.

Our home tuition providers

Our Home Tuition Service for children and young people with medical needs is a commissioned service provided by Wellspring Academy Trust at Sevenhills Academy.

Requests for children that are not able to attend school for more than 15 days due to medical needs

Parents and carers should discuss their child’s medical needs with their current school/academy to find out what support can be provided by them.  If the child or young person has special education needs (SEN) and is in receipt of an education health and care plan (EHCP) the school/academy can, if required, contact the local authority’s Special Educational Needs Assessment and Review Team (SENART) to arrange a review meeting.

Parents or carers of children and young people with SEN that need further information or advice can always contact our Special Educational Needs Assessment and Review Team (SENART).

Email: sen@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 323166

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