The policy of the QMC Education Centre is to minimise as far as possible the disruption to the normal schooling of all our pupils, by continuing their education as normally as their incapacity allows. This policy sets out to allow pupils to continue the learning process, to keep education alive for them and where possible to maintain progress.
The Educational Base recognises additional needs that are placed on our pupils by their hospital admission and their medical conditions and we will amend the curriculum and offer support as an appropriate response to these needs.
A data sheet must be completed for any child or young person admitted to the Education Centre.
Teaching staff are available to teach either by providing work to be done independently by the pupil on the ward, in the ward classroom where available, or 1:1 tuition at the bedside.
The school is for in-patients of school age. Some pupils with SEN will have a later school leaving age than the usual statutory age.
Educational support is always offered only as is appropriate to the pupil’s condition. Treatments and therapies always take precedence.
Staff contact time with pupils is from 9.30 to 12.00 and from 1.00 to 3.00 pm.
Where the pupil is able to leave the ward, The Garden Room in the Children’s School area is available and teaching may be offered there, or in The Studio, at the discretion of the responsible teacher, and with the agreement of the medical staff.
On days when members of staff are deployed in The Studio, ward based teachers can arrange with the colleague based there, to bring pupils from the wards.
At times when The Studio is not manned, teachers may bring pupils from the ward to work and stay to work with them. Such a session can be made available to pupils from other wards as appropriate.
NB. Child care for medical colleagues’ own children is not part of the remit of the hospital school. Colleagues wishing to offer this facility may do so only between 12 noon and 12 30 on a day when there is no staff meeting, and must do so outside of the school premises.