What is Home Education?
When a pupil is ill with a physical or mental health condition, a Home Education Teacher may be provided to continue their education whilst they are unable to attend school, if this is expected to last more than 3 weeks. Referrals for Home Education are made by the pupil’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 pupil 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, the Home Education team 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 Education Teachers 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.
Some of our KS3 and KS4 pupils on Home Education may benefit from joining The Fairmead Group – our small group provision for anxious learners. (See web page under Thorneywood.)
Who are Home Education Teachers?
Home Education Teachers are well-qualified, experienced teachers. Great care is taken to match, as closely as possible, the Home Education Teacher’s skills and experience with the educational needs of each pupil.
What are the aims of Home Education?
The main aim of Home Education is to maintain the continuity of a pupil’s education by having access to the National Curriculum and to enable them to feel confident when the time comes to return to school.
We achieve this by liaising with schools, parents, medical and other agencies supporting the pupil.
Home Education Teachers 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.
The curriculum offered on Home Education always includes English, maths and science. Pupils also learn about SMSC, PSHE, self-development and Online/e safety. We also offer enrichment activities such as theatre trips and visits to art galleries. Pupils can choose to come on trips to the community orchard to make apple juice or nettle soup and cut wood for a campfire.
The qualifications that pupils work towards are tailored to their needs. They can take GCSEs, Functional Skills at L1 or L2 or work toward AIM awards. They can also prepare the Bronze Arts Award.
Where does Home Education take place?
Pupils have their lessons 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 Home Education Teacher.
- Attending regular review meetings to discuss your child’s progress.
- Ensuring a responsible person is in the home when education takes place.
- Notifying the Home Education Teacher in advance if there is any reason for the teaching session to be cancelled.
- Ensuring the pupil is ready for the Home Education Teacher’s arrival and books and equipment are at hand.
- Encouraging your child to complete homework left by the Home Education Teacher.
- Providing a suitable, quiet area with minimal interruptions.
- Providing a smoke free area where teaching takes place.
- Ensuring that large pets are shut away.
Building a fire at The Orchard
What are the links between Home Education and the Pupil’s School?
- Pupils remain on their own school roll
- The school where the pupil is on roll is responsible for providing schemes of work and relevant resources. The Home Education Teacher liaises closely with school to maintain a link between the pupil and their school.
- Home Education Teachers 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.
- The Home Education Coordinators and Home Education Teachers liaise closely with schools and we have approximately six-weekly review meetings with all professional involved as well as the pupil and their family to reassess the learning package and/or timetable. It is important that parents attend these meetings, as their /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 pupil is unable to return to school, the school may choose to make other arrangements to support their education.
Making delicious cheese straws!