West Berkshire Council

Home and Hospital Tuition

Providing education for pupils who are unable to attend school for medical reasons

The Home Education Service provides education for those pupils who are:

  • unable to attend school because of short-term medical needs
  • pregnant
  • receiving regular (recurring admissions) or long-term treatment in hospital

Referral to our service can happen through several different routes, for instance through:

  • a member of staff from school - this may be a class teacher, head of year, special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) or the person who has responsibility for a child with medical needs (in a primary school, the head teacher or class teacher may make the referral)
  • hospitals - they may refer school-aged patients who will need to be absent from school following treatment
  • the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHs) - they may refer pupils who have mental health problems which prevent them from attending school

If you are concerned that a referral has not been made for your child, please contact your child's school directly in the first instance.

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