This support is usually for the short term and the pupils remain dual registered with their mainstream school.

Support for pupils with medical needs

From time to time schools need to seek support from ETHOS PRU for both KS3 (Key Stage 3) and KS4 (Key Stage 4) pupils who are temporarily unable to attend mainstream school due to medical needs.

These pupils include:

  • Those who are unable to attend school as a result of physical illness or injury
  • Pupils with complex mental health needs
  • Pregnant schoolgirls or school age parents (in special circumstances)

Longer term provision can be made for some pupils, for example with chronic or recurrent illnesses or complex mental health issues.

The main aim is to maintain educative processes with a view, in most cases, to re-integrate pupils back into mainstream school or where appropriate into alternative provision eg post 16 education. This is done at the earliest opportunity, working closely with school, the pupil, parents or carers and other agencies.

Referrals to ETHOS PRU

The referrals to ETHOS for medical pupils originate via the Single Point Referral. These referrals come from mainstream schools or The Children Missing from Education Team.

They will be referred under the following criteria:

  • Have an illness that will result in a 15+ day absence
  • Have a potentially long term sickness or recurrent bouts of chronic sickness
  • Be pregnant or be a teenage parent (in special circumstances)
  • Have complex mental health needs

All medical needs referrals must be supported by the appropriate medical advice ie, NHS Consultant, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) Tier 3 or TPS (Teenage Pregnancy Service) midwife.

Teaching given to pupils with medical needs

Pupils with medical needs will receive a minimum of 5 hours teaching per week. This will take place either in the local hospitals (DDH and HRI) or in the pupils own home.

Contact KS4 pupil referral service (ETHOS)