Home Tuition

We provide tuition for children of compulsory school age who, because of their health needs are unable to attend school and are away from school for 15 days or more, whether consecutive or cumulative.

Pupils with health needs are defined as:

  • Pupils who are physically ill, injured or recovering from medical interventions
  • Pupils with mental health problems
  • School-age mothers/mothers-to-be

Following referral for tuition at home, medical evidence from a doctor must be provided and advice from the school will be sought to establish the amount, pattern and location of the tuition as well as to plan pupil reintegration at school.

Where possible subject specialists will work with the pupils in their home, at an approved council premises or in their mainstream school as part of their reintegration.

Referrals should be sent to the Home Tuition Co-ordinator:
01494 445815

Hospital Teaching Service

Aspire provides a Hospital Teaching Service at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the National Spinal Injuries Centre. This service operates during Buckinghamshire school term time.

Our Hospital Teaching Service provides all students with the opportunity to learn, be successful and feel safe. Each student’s individual needs are considered so the whole student can develop spiritually, socially and intellectually.

Our Hospital Teaching Service is staffed by a highly committed and experienced team.

All students of school age (5-16) who are admitted to Stoke Mandeville Hospital are entitled to access education. Students with a statement of Special Educational Needs between the ages 3 and 19 years are entitled to access education. Provision for students with Special Educational Needs is given equal consideration. Teachers have experience of working with a wide range of educational abilities using a variety of specialist sensory and ICT resources and equipment.

We aim to keep education “alive” for each child whilst they are in hospital.

Read about the Hospital Teaching Service in the August 2016 edition of Forward magazine for people with spinal cord injury.


“Full-time students make outstanding progress as do students receiving home tuition and those taught at Stoke Mandeville Hospital” Ofsted 2013



The Outreach Team work across the county supporting students in schools. They are one of the first steps in the process of preventative provision offered by Aspire and they work to help students retain their mainstream school placements.

Outreach is an Early Intervention Service and is best accessed when a student’s behaviour has reached a level where a Pastoral Support Plan (PSP) – or equivalent – is being considered.

Schools can refer pupils who are displaying challenging behaviour, affecting their ability to engage in education. This may be evidenced by an increase in internal exclusions, poor attendance, lack of engagement and poor attitude to learning.

A referral form must be completed before Outreach begins.

These can be completed by:

  • Head of Year
  • Key Stage Head
  • Senco

The referral form must be signed by the school and parent/carer.

Referral to Outreach should only be considered following a range of school interventions that have not effected the desired change, such as;

  • Meetings / conversations with students to reinforce school expectations and behaviour policy
  • Parental meetings
  • Referrals to appropriate external agencies, such as CAMHS, EP service, school counsellor, etc.
  • Reinforcement of the school’s anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies
  • Rewards based interventions, SMART targets with reminders and rewards
  • Mentoring and/or Peer Support e.g. buddy system, peer counseling
  • Use of Positive Action Plans and Reports, Subject / year leader report
  • Raised staff awareness of importance of consistency in rewards and sanctions
  • Introduction of Learning Support in specific lessons

The team offer students the following:

  • Anger Management
  • Solution focused discussion
  • Cognitive behavioural techniques
  • Listening skills
  • Raising self-esteem
  • Coping strategies
  • Social Skills
  • Mediation

The Outreach Team work closely with staff in schools, monitoring the student’s progress, formalising provision and liaising between the school and other Aspire provision. It is through this process that further support can be accessed, if required, for the student.

The team offer the following to schools:

  • Weekly one-to-one support for referred pupils
  • Advice to school staff
  • Lesson observation and feedback
  • Attendance at multi agency meetings
  • Attendance at RIG/MM meetings
  • Liaison between school and PRU
  • Reports on pupils when requested
  • Small group work

Orchard House

Orchard House is a county-wide provision supporting children and young people of all ages (primary, secondary, college) whose mental health needs are currently preventing them from accessing their existing educational establishment. Placements at Orchard House are short term and access to core subjects within a small, inclusive setting is provided in order to minimise the disruption to the education of these students. Students are referred to Orchard House with the support of the clinicians the young people are working with at CAMHS (the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service). Young people usually attend Orchard House for one to two sessions a week, a session being either a morning or an afternoon, depending on their needs. Students are supported back into full time education at the earliest opportunity using an individually tailored reintegration package. Any queries relating to Orchard House are welcomed and should be made via Jo Slifi, Orchard House Lead.

Jo Slifi
Aspire Orchard House
Cressex Road
High Wycombe
HP12 4PR

01494 459124 / 07784 293197

SEN Provision

Special Educational Needs Aspire is committed to providing outstanding SEN Provision to meet the needs of all students. When students first attend they are assessed as part of their induction to enable staff to identify and understand their strengths and needs for support. The resulting information is used to plan the most appropriate programme and support package so as to ensure students’ learning and progress.

Aspire encourages parents who have concerns or queries about a student’s learning difficulties to contact the Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

As all our students are taught in small groups, students receive close monitoring and support to ensure their needs are met. Exam access arrangements are made for students when appropriate, for instance when a student has a reading or writing difficulty.

When a student’s difficulty requires further assessment or support, we will discuss this with parents, and, with parental agreement, may refer the student to appropriate outside agencies or to the Educational Psychologist. See website: The Educational Psychology Service.

If a significant need is identified, the Local Authority may be asked to assess a student’s special educational needs in order to identify additional support or provision. Information about this process can be found at Bucks County Council website under Assessment and Planning: The Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan. The EHC Plan is replacing the “Statement of Special Educational Needs”.