We offer a home tuition service across Buckinghamshire and provide tuition for children of compulsory school age who, because of their health needs are unable to attend their mainstream school and are away from school for 15 days or more, whether consecutive or cumulative.
Pupils with health needs are defined as:
Following referral for tuition at home, medical evidence from a medical consultant, GP or CAMHS 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. Students are taught on a one to one basis in or small groups which means that staff can focus on the relationships with the students, and are able to highly personalise the teaching and be responsive to student need
Where possible subject specialists will work with the pupils in their home, at an approved council premises, at the school rooms in the Aylesbury Aspire site or in their mainstream school as part of their reintegration. The curriculum offer for Home Tuition is broad and, as far as possible, matches the mainstream school curriculum. The curriculum is ambitious in terms of the range of qualifications offered to students, and the wider ambitions held by staff in terms of re-engaging students with learning, encouraging student personal development and independence and widening their horizons and aspirations. On-line learning is also part of the Home Tuition ‘offer’ and, via Teams and Class Notebook, staff are able to teach one-to-one or in small groups, as appropriate. The use of video and audio, along with the individual and personalized teaching and learning means that contact with highly vulnerable students is maintained. Formative assessment is ongoing and continuous, taking into account their physical, medical and emotional condition, and is used to inform planning and support student progress; formal assessment is undertaken, where possible and appropriate, in line with the main steam school and where appropriate Year 11 students sit mock exams.
Home Tuition puts in place a tailored bespoke package covering the core subjects, in some cases access to practical lessons can be incorporated to support engagement to learning.
Referrals should be sent to the Home Tuition Co-ordinator
Aspire provides a Hospital Teaching Service at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, which includes the National Spinal Injuries Centre. This service operates during Buckinghamshire school term time. Children are automatically referred to Stoke Mandeville Hospital Teaching Service when they are inpatients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Stoke Mandeville Hospital Teaching Service (SMHTS) 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, from Reception to Year 11, who are admitted to Stoke Mandeville Hospital are entitled to access education. Students with an Education, Health and Care Plan between the ages of 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. SMHTS works closely with schools and the Multi-Disciplinary Team at the hospital to support reintegration back to the child’s own school and provides schools with a report containing specific recommendations for supporting children and young people at the National Spinal Injuries Centre with their SEN and health needs that schools can use towards their EHCP Needs Assessment Request.
We aim to keep education “alive” for each child whilst they are in hospital.
Information for parents on a variety of conditions can be found here.
“Full-time students make outstanding progress as do students receiving home tuition and those taught at Stoke Mandeville Hospital” Ofsted 2013
Orchard House is a county-wide provision supporting young people in years 7-11 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 their clinicians at CAMHS (the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service). Young people 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 taught on a one to one basis in or small groups which means that staff can focus on the relationships with the students, and are able to highly personalise the teaching and be responsive to student need. Formative assessment is ongoing and continuous, taking into account their physical, medical and emotional condition, and is used to inform planning and support student progress. At Orchard House, the focus is especially on the regular assessment of soft skills which are indicators of the student’s confidence, self-esteem and academic and social engagement. On-line learning is also part of the Orchard House ‘offer’ when it’s not possible to work directly with students and, via Teams and Class Notebook, staff are able to teach one-to-one or in small groups, as appropriate. The use of video and audio, along with the individual and personalized teaching and learning means that contact with highly vulnerable students is maintained.
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.
Aspire Orchard House
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