Each year in Darlington we support about 40 children, young people and their families who have medical needs, plus another 300 pupils who have been inpatients at Darlington Memorial Hospital. The main aim of our service is to support pupils and their families and reduce the disruption to their normal schooling by continuing education as normally as the medical need will allow.
The Department for Education has produced guidance:
- Ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs [external link]
- Alternative Provision: Statutory guidance for Local Authorities [external link]
If your child is likely to be absent from school for more that 15 days because of medical needs or has a chronic condition which results in recurring absence, your school will:
- Notify the School’s/Academy’s Family Support worker
- Refer the child to either the Home and Hospital Teaching Service or the Secondary Behaviour and Attendance Placement Panel.
- Let the Home and Hospital service know about the work your child is likely to miss at school
- The Home and Hospital Service will then develop an individual learning plan to support your child
- The Home and Hospital Teaching Service will meet with the family, then arrange and implement an appropriate teaching programme
- Prepare a reintegration plan and ensure support continues to be available during this time