Education in hospital

pencilsSome children may suffer from periods of ill health or may have a medical condition that means they are absent from school for a period of time.

We are committed to ensuring that these children continue to benefit from their education, either at home or in hospital.

What is home teaching?

When children and young people are absent from school for medical reasons and at home for an extended period education is continued there. Delivery of education at home is usually provided by school staff. 

The school is responsible for:

  • the provision of teaching and learning resources
  • for liaison with specialist service staff
  • ensuring curricular coherence and continuity.

A home/hospital teacher can provide additional support as part of the team, and a referral can be made to ASN Outreach Service by the school. Parents and carers should be involved in this process.

What is hospital teaching?

Effective teaching in hospitals requires teamwork, trust and considerable understanding of the roles of medical professionals, the demands of their work and the needs of patients and their families/carers.

Programmes for children and young people in Forth Valley Hospital

The ASN Outreach Service, has a home/hospital teacher who works with children and young people who are absent through ill health. They co-ordinate the educational provision for children and young people who are hospitalised in Forth Valley Royal Hospital and offer support within the home and the hospital. The school will maintain links with the family and as necessary provide appropriate materials.

Programmes for children and young people who are in hospitals outwith Forth Valley

Schools are required to inform the Service Manager, Inclusion and Additional Support and the ASN Outreach team when a child or young person is admitted to hospital. This allows the team to co-ordinate support which should be in place no later than 5 working days after child/young person is admitted.

Referrals for provision of education for a child/young person, whilst in a hospital other than Forth Valley Hospital come to the local authority directly from the appropriate hospital education service. This includes children and young people in psychiatric units.

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