What is Home Education?
When a young person is ill with a physical or mental health condition, a home tutor may be provided to continue their education whilst unable to attend school, if this is expected to last more than 3 weeks. Referrals for Home Education are made by the young person’s school, accompanied by written medical support from their Hospital Consultant, Paediatrician or other medical specialists. Home Education is provided as a temporary measure and it is hoped that the young person will return to full-time education as soon as possible.
Why is ongoing medical support required?
If your child is unable to return to school, for health related reasons, after the initial 6-week period, Home Education routinely request medical information/advice.
Ongoing medical support is required if Home Education is to continue
Why is Medical Support important for an anxiety related illness?
Home Tutors are not qualified to provide a counselling service. This is why it is very important that if your child is suffering from an anxiety-related illness they also receive professional guidance and support alongside Home Education.
Who are Home Tutors?
Home Tutors are well-qualified, experienced teachers. Great care is taken to match, as closely as possible, the Home Tutor’s skills and experience with the educational needs of each young person.
What are the aims of Home Education?
The main aim of Home Education is to maintain the continuity of a young person’s education by have access to the National Curriculum and feel confident when the time comes to return to school.
We achieve this by liaising with schools, parents, medical and other agencies supporting the young person.
Home Tutors support Year 11 students through their GCSE exams where appropriate and with planning for Post 16 when Futures or the school careers advisors are involved.
Home Education can also offer Functional Skills, AIM Awards and the Bronze Arts Award.
Where does Home Education take place?
Young people may be taught in their home if their medical condition means that they cannot leave the house. Wherever possible sessions will take place in other locations such as a local library, school library or a classroom set aside for Home Education within the Thorneywood Education Base.
The aim is to establish a regular pattern of teaching sessions during school terms.
How can parents/carers help?
- By making sure that your child receives the necessary specialist medical support.
- Sharing any new medical information with your child’s tutor
- Attending regular review meetings to discuss your child’s progress.
- Ensuring a responsible person is in the home when education takes place.
- Notifying the tutor in advance if there is any reason for the teaching session to be cancelled.
- Ensuring the pupil is ready for the tutor’s arrival and books and equipment are at hand.
- Encouraging your child to complete homework left by the tutor.
- Providing a suitable, quiet area with minimal interruptions.
- Providing a smoke free area where teaching takes place.
- Ensuring that large pets are shut away.
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What are the links between Home Education and the Pupil’s School?
- The school where the young person is on roll is responsible for providing schemes of work and relevant resources. The Home Tutor liaises closely with school to maintain a link between the pupil and their school.
- Home Tutors regularly submit reports which evaluate the pupil’s work and progress in all areas covered during Home Education sessions. These are forwarded to the school at frequent intervals.
- Review meetings involving all parties are held at approximately six- weekly intervals. Parents are expected to attend these meetings, as your views and involvement are very important.
- Your child’s school will make a financial contribution to the cost of providing Home Education. If the child or young person is unable to return to school, the school may choose to make other arrangements to support his/her education.
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