Pupil’s home schools are used as teaching centres when reintegrating them back to school following a period of illness. If they are too anxious to go straight back into class, then teaching may take place in the learning support area, library or appropriate learning space within the school environment. This requires close collaboration and liaison with key individuals within the home school to facilitate and ensure that a smooth and successful transition takes place.
For School Staff
If you have a pupil who has been absent from school for 15 days either consecutively or cumulatively with the same medical/mental health condition, you can make a referral for educational support from Hospital and Outreach Education using our ‘Request for involvement form’. Please note this requires signatures from the parent/carers and from the Head Teacher. A charge is made for the support. Further details can be accessed from the main office.
An Admissions and Complex Case Panel meeting is convened every Wednesday to discuss all new referrals. In order to qualify for support, evidence is required from a medical practitioner, either from health or from CAMHS. The intention is always to reintegrate to school or other educational establishment.
Schools are responsible for setting and marking the academic work the pupil is following, as they will continue to follow the school curriculum in preparation for reintegration.
Schools are responsible for organising review meetings every 6 weeks, inviting multi-agency colleagues, taking and distributing the minutes. It is good practice to keep in touch with the pupil whilst they are off and ensure they continue to receive any school communications. The pupil remains on the roll of the school and is dual registered with HOE.
Supporting children with Epilepsy at school
Young Epilepsy has just launched a free online guide for schools on supporting young people with Epilepsy :- www.youngepilepsy.org.uk/guideforschools
The guide includes information on seizure first aid, epilepsy’s impact on learning and behavour and the key elements of support that should be in place at schools, plus template documents, including a policy on supporting pupils with medical conditions, an individual Healtyhcare Plan (HP) and a seizure record form.
The guide also featuresYoung Epilepsy’s ABLE tool (Assesment of Behavour and Learning in Education). This is a simple questionnaire for staff and parents to use to identify potential areas of concern.
Supporting children with sickle cell disease at school
These resources have been shared with us by Professor Simon Dyson,
Professor of Applied Sociology at De Montfort University, Leicester, who has researched this area extensively.
We also have a specialist nurse, Claire Stockley, who can provide advice and support who can be reached at
Supporting children with Cancer and Leukaemia at school
Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group’s new booklet ‘Supporting your
pupil’s cancer diagnosis’ has been written by their members, as an
information guide for teachers helping children and young people returning
to school after a diagnosis of cancer. Order or download your free copy at
Resources for Schools :-