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Children with Health Needs Who Cannot Attend School


Introduction

This guidance has been written in line with the current statutory guidance available from the Department for education and guidance provided by Kirklees Council- Kirklees Business Solutions.

https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/schools/school-attendance-absence.aspx

Aims

This policy aims to ensure that:

  • Suitable education is arranged for pupils on roll who cannot attend school due to health needs and applies to all pupils of statutory school age.
  • Pupils, staff and parents understand what the school is responsible for when this education is being provided by the local authority

Legislation and Guidance

This policy reflects the requirements of the Education Act 1996. It also based on guidance provided by Kirklees local authority. This policy complies with our funding agreement and articles of association.

The responsibilities of the school

If the school makes arrangements:

Initially, the school will attempt to make arrangements to deliver suitable education for children with health needs who cannot attend school.

The school will:

  • let the local council know if your child is likely to be away from school for more than 15 school days
  • give the local council information about your child’s needs, capabilities and the programme of work
  • help them reintegrate at school when they return
  • make sure they’re kept informed about school events and clubs
  • encourage them to stay in contact with other pupils, for example through visits or videos

If the local authority makes arrangements

If the school can’t make suitable arrangements, Kirklees will become responsible for arranging suitable education for these children.

The local council’s role

If your child’s going to be away for a long time, the local council will make sure they get as normal an education as possible.

 This could include arranging:

  • home teaching
  • a hospital school or teaching service
  • a combination of home and hospital teaching
  • The local council must make sure your child continues to get a full time education – unless part time is better for their health needs.

The local council should also:

  • have a senior officer in charge of the arrangements and a written policy explaining how they’ll meet their responsibilities
  • make sure your child is not without access to education for more than 15 school days
  • arrange education from the start of your child’s absence if it’s clear they’re going to be away from school for long and recurring periods

In cases where the local authority makes arrangements, the school will:

  • Work constructively with the local authority, providers, relevant agencies and parents to ensure the best outcomes for the pupil
  • Share information with the local authority and relevant health services as required
  • Help make sure that the provision offered to the pupil is as effective as possible and that the child can be reintegrated back into school successfully

When reintegration is anticipated, work with the local authority to:

  • Plan for consistent provision during and after the period of education outside the school, allowing
  • the pupil to access the same curriculum and materials that they would have used in school as far
  • as possible
  • Enable the pupil to stay in touch with school life (e.g. through newsletters, emails, invitations to
  • school events or internet links to lessons from their school)
  • Create individually tailored reintegration plans for each child returning to school
  • Consider whether any reasonable adjustments need to be made

Named Person

In school, the named person responsible for children with additional needs who cannot attend school is the Head teacher – Jane Barker and the SENDCO – Mrs Hemingway – who can be contacted through the school office or by email at

office@gsmcep.co.uk

For Kirklees, the named person is Jayne Healey, Medical Needs Team Manager who can be contacted at

jayne.healey@kirklees.gov.uk

Reintegration

When reintegration is anticipated, work with the local authority to:

  • Plan for consistent provision during and after the period of education outside the school, allowing the pupil to access the same curriculum and materials that they would have used in school as far as possible
  • Enable the pupil to stay in touch with school life (e.g. through newsletters, emails, invitations to school events or internet links to lessons from their school)
  • Create individually tailored reintegration plans for each child returning to school
  • Consider whether any reasonable adjustments need to be made

Links To Other Polices

This policy links to the following policies:

  • Accessibility plan
  • Medical Policy
  • Equality Policy