Access to education for children with health needs who cannot attend school

This guidance applies to pupils who are unable to attend school because of medical needs, who are physically ill or injured, and those who may be experiencing periods of mental ill health. 

It is based on the good practice that already exists in Sefton Schools and draws upon the statutory guidance, “Ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs” (DFE 2013) 

The primary aim of educating children and young people who cannot attend school due to illness or medical reasons is to minimise, as far as possible, the disruption to normal schooling by continuing education as normally as their health needs allow. 

Pupils who are unable to attend school because of medical needs should be able to access suitable and flexible education appropriate to their needs and the nature of the educational provision made must be responsive to the demands of a changing medical status. 

The Complementary Education Service is centrally funded. One of its main roles is to support the continuing education of pupils who cannot attend school for medical reasons with minimal disruption to the education that was planned for them prior to their illness. 

Education Of Sick Children Policy And Guidance (pdf 377KB)
Health Needs Guidance (pdf 360KB)

Last Updated on Sunday, January 3, 2021

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