Accessing education for children and young people with long-term illness
- Devon County Council's roles and responsibilitiesSchools applying for a medical place
Every child should have the best possible start in life through a high-quality education, which allows them to achieve their full potential.
A child who has health needs should have the same opportunities as their peer group, including a broad and balanced curriculum. As far as possible, children with health needs and who are unable to attend school should receive the same range and quality of education as they would have experienced at their home school
The law does not define full-time education but children with health needs should have provision which is equivalent to the education they would receive in school. If they receive one-to-one tuition, for example, the hours of face-to-face provision could be fewer as the provision is more concentrated.
Where full-time education would not be in the best interests of a particular child because of reasons relating to their physical or mental health, we will provide part-time education on a basis we consider to be in the child’s best interests. Full and part-time education should still aim to achieve good academic attainment, particularly in English, maths and science.
Where we have identified that alternative provision is required, we will ensure that it is arranged as quickly as possible and that it appropriately meets the needs of the child.
In order to better understand the needs of the child, and therefore choose the most appropriate provision, we will work closely with medical professionals and the child’s family, and consider the medical evidence.
We will make every effort to minimise the disruption to the child’s education. For example, where specific medical evidence, such as that provided by a medical consultant, is not quickly available, we will consider liaising with other medical professionals, such as the child’s GP, and consider looking at other evidence to ensure minimal delay in arranging appropriate provision for the child.
Once parents have provided evidence from a consultant, we will not unnecessarily demand continuing evidence from the consultant without good reason, even where a child has long-term health problems. Evidence of the continuing additional health issues from the child’s GP should usually be sufficient.
In cases where we believe that a consultant’s on-going opinion is absolutely necessary, we will give parents sufficient time to contact the consultant to obtain the evidence.
To apply for a place the following documents must be complete and submitted by a Friday for consideration at the panel the following Wednesday.
- Medical referral form – submitted by referring School.
- Medical Evidence form – submitted by relevant Health Professional.
- Copy of the last Early Help (Right for Children) TAF meeting
- Individual health care plan
- Education health care plan
- IEP and other supporting educational documents
- Educational psychology report
- Statutory guidance – Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions