Education for pupils with medical needs is delivered by Achieving for Children through the Reintegration Support Service.
What constitutes a medical need?
Department of Education Guidance
The Department of Education Guidance 2013, states that full time education must be arranged for a child with health needs, or as much education as their health condition allows. If education is one-to-one teaching, the number hours could be less as the provision is more concentrated.
This means that the education provided is tailored to suit the pupil’s needs and, because one-to-one teaching is more focused that classroom work, it may not be full-time. And, perhaps it cannot be full-time due to the pupil’s medical needs.
Quality of education
The quality of the education provision, as defined by the in the statutory guidance Alternative Provision (2013), should allow pupils to take appropriate qualifications, prevent them slipping behind their peers in school and allow them to reintegrate successfully back into school as soon as possible.
Curriculum and syllabus
Any teaching or e-learning should initially focus on the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. The aim is a broad and balanced curriculum. However it may be more appropriate for a pupil, dependent on health needs, to focus on fewer subjects and to achieve their best rather than focus on a broader curriculum.
Policy on the education of children and young people with medical needs
Download the full policy (opens a pdf)
Policy on Access to Education for Children and Young People with Medical Needs - Protocol Addendum - Working arrangements with Independent Providers
The purpose of this protocol is to support the agreement of joint working arrangements between AfC, as represented by the RISS, and providers of education for Richmond and Kingston children of statutory school age with medical needs. This protocol does not apply to pupils between the age of 16 and 19.
Download the Protocol Addendum (opens a pdf)
Advice and general enquiries
Schools and parents can also make general enquiries for advice. Informal discussion is welcomed if it helps in ensuring the referral process is followed correctly and the criteria are fully met.
Reintegration Support Service
Head of Service
Phone: 020 8547 6678
Alternatively, please contact
Lead Officer for Children Missing Education
Phone: 020 8547 6909