Home Education

The Local Authority is required to make temporary educational provision for pupils of statutory school age, who are unable to attend school.  The Service aims to help and support the pupil’s return to full time education as soon as possible.

Home Education can help to ensure that the disruption to normal schooling is minimised, continuity is maintained and that successful reintegration is achievable. The importance of the mainstream school maintaining a high profile throughout a child or young person’s absence cannot be underestimated.

The Local Authority is required to make temporary educational provision for pupils of statutory school age, who are unable to attend school.  The Service aims to help and support the pupil’s return to full time education as soon as possible. Home Education can help to ensure that the disruption to normal schooling is minimised, continuity is maintained and that successful reintegration is achievable. The importance of the mainstream school maintaining a high profile throughout a child or young person’s absence cannot be underestimated.

Eligibility for Home Education
Schools will be expected to complete necessary paperwork, with additional information being provided by other agencies if they are already involved.

· A medical recommendation is essential, and no child will be considered for Home Tuition if this is not received.

·The medical recommendation must be from the young person’s consultant/specialist.  If there is a mental health difficulty the recommendation must come from a Tier 3 specialist CAMHS professional.  A referral from the GP is not sufficient in the first instance, although they can be consulted about continuation support if medical consultants are not available.

· The medical recommendation must include a predicted length of time for Home Tuition, and the health objectives that, when reached, should result in a return to school.

The Role of the Home Education Service
The Home Education Service is currently managed by the icollege. Pupils who are referred to Home Education remain on the roll of their school and the school maintains the responsibility for meeting their educational needs. The school should work closely with the Home Tutor and provide appropriate work and resources to support the pupil’s learning. Home tuition is always intended to be a short term provision because of its social isolation and the amount of time remaining in the day when a pupil may not be engaged in educational activities. Every effort will be made, where appropriate, to return pupils to full time education as soon as possible.

Pupils who are on Home Education will usually receive a minimum of four hours 1:1 tuition in core subjects; Maths, English, Science. The remaining school time can be made up with on-line learning and independent study but is dependent on the health of the student concerned. Initially tuition will take place in the home but where possible and in the best interests of the student then it is expected that the students attend tuition out of home at an agreed venue with tailored programme as soon as possible eg;

•  One-to-one tuition in a negotiated venue

•  Small group tuition in a negotiated venue

•  Small group tuition in a central venue (e.g. an icollege unit)

•  Supported reintegration into a mainstream school

While the service provides education it is not responsible for the placement of pupils or their return to school.  The mainstream school or a lead professional takes on this role and will work with parents, carers and a range of education, social services and health staff to facilitate the pupil’s return to school.  This requires good liaison between services and the support of schools in helping to place pupils who have been out of school. The home tutor will however support a pupil in the early stages of a reintegration programme to aid its success. The Service would always like to be involved in reintegration planning which is led by the school.

Discharge from Home Education is made when

·a pupil returns to school, or attends a new school and the reintegration period has been successful,

· or an alternative arrangement for their education has been made

· or medical evidence indicates that  a return to school is appropriate

· or when medical evidence has not been updated and a pupil is no longer receiving specialist medical support

All appropriate stakeholders will be informed when a discharge occurs.

West Berkshire Council is committed to providing high quality, effective education for children who are unable to attend a mainstream or special school because of their health with a focus on reintegration as soon as possible to support their emotional and social development.

Feedback from schools and families involved in Home Education

"Mrs R (Tutor) was very supportive to D (Student) and myself through this difficult time. We are both very grateful.”

“ Thank you for your support and understanding with H.”

“ All staff were very supportive and effective with my daughter.”

“The tutor was excellent in providing calm and stability, necessary for someone with Asperger’s Syndrome.”

“Successful joined up working between school and home education has achieved much!”

“ Mrs R (Tutor) was very supportive to D (Student) and myself through this difficult time. We are both very grateful.”

“ Thank you for your support and understanding with H.”

“ All staff were very supportive and effective with my daughter.”

“The tutor was excellent in providing calm and stability, necessary for someone with Asperger’s Syndrome.”

“Successful joined up working between school and home education has achieved much!”

The LA is currently holding a review of the current Home Education provision.

For further information please contact Jacquie Davies jdavies@icollege.org.uk
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