TRACKS Education manages the Home Tuition Service on behalf of Bradford Children’s Services Education, Employment and Skills. The Home Tuition Service provides Home Tuition to school age pupils (4 to 16 years) who, on a long or short term basis, are unable to attend their mainstream school because of their medical needs.
WHAT DOES THE SERVICE DO?
The Home Tuition Service provides educational support for pupils who are unable to attend school for medical reasons. The purpose is to minimise disruption to education for children who are physically ill, injured or have mental health difficulties. The service aims to provide as full curriculum access as possible to enable these pupils to return smoothly to school as soon as their health permits.
To qualify for home tuition a pupil must satisfy all the following criteria:
- Expected to be absent from school for at least 15 school days
- The pupil must live within the Bradford Council area
- The pupil must be of compulsory school age
- A written recommendation must be obtained from a hospital consultant, senior clinical medical officer or specialist medical team stating that the child is unable to attend school and home tuition is appropriate
HOW DOES THE SERVICE OPERATE?
Every school has a member of staff with responsibility for pupils who cannot attend because of medical needs. This member of staff should see that the TRACKS EDUCATION is contacted promptly and the appropriate referral form is completed.
Occasionally requests for home tuition support come directly from the child’s specialist/hospital consultant or the medical team at the hospital where they are being treated. Sometimes requests come from an Education Welfare Officer or an Early Help worker. The stages below illustrate the normal process and procedures which operate:
- Referral made to TRACKS Education.
- An allocated Home Tutor and Team Leader complete an initial home tuition assessment visit. This will sometimes be undertaken by the Educational Welfare Officer.
- Tuition commences.
- The home tuition arrangement will be reviewed formally each school term.
- Tuition continues until the pupil is able to return to school or access another educational establishment at which point the tuition is withdrawn
EVERYBODY DESERVES ANOTHER CHANCE
YOU CAN TURN THINGS AROUND
ARE YOU RETURNING TO SCHOOL?
- All pupils receive support from the service in the knowledge that their ultimate goal should be to return to an educational establishment as soon as their health permits.
- Most pupils are able to return to full time education once their convalescence is over. Should special arrangements be advised by health professionals then school and home tutor, in consultation with parents, will ensure they are in hand. However, if the necessary arrangements are complex or the pupil has emotional difficulties and is anxious, then the tutor may make arrangements for a supported return to school.
- Following consultation with pupil, parent, school and service an individual programme of gradual reintegration will be arranged and tailored to the pupil’s needs. Tutors often provide tuition sessions on the school site or in-class support, as a means of helping their pupils gradually adjust to the school environment
HOW SHOULD SUPPORT BE REQUESTED FOR PUPILS WITH MEDICAL NEEDS?
- Parents who feel their child requires home tuition should make a request for home tuition via the school where they are enrolled.
- Schools can then complete the Pathways Referral Form (available to download below) and forward (post or e-mail) to TRACKS Education