Education for pupils with medical needs is delivered by Achieving for Children through the Education Inclusion Support Service (EISS) for primary age children or Malden Oaks School and Tuition Service for secondary age children.
Malden Oaks School and Tuition Service
Kingston KT2 5QY
Telephone: 020 8289 4665
Find out more about Malden Oaks on the school website (opens a new window) which includes information about the school's other venues and services.
What constitutes a medical need?
Department of Education Guidance
The Department of Education Guidance 2013, states that full time education must be arranged for a child with health needs, or as much education as their health condition allows. If education is one-to-one teaching, the number hours could be less as the provision is more concentrated.
This means that the education provided is tailored to suit the pupil’s needs and, because one-to-one teaching is more focused than classroom work, it may not be full-time. And, perhaps it cannot be full-time due to the pupil’s medical needs.
Quality of education
The quality of the education provision, as defined by the in the statutory guidance Alternative Provision (2013) (opens a new window), should allow pupils to take appropriate qualifications, prevent them slipping behind their peers in school and allow them to reintegrate successfully back into school as soon as possible.
Curriculum and syllabus
Any teaching or e-learning should initially focus on the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. The aim is a broad and balanced curriculum. However it may be more appropriate for a pupil, dependent on health needs, to focus on fewer subjects and to achieve their best rather than focus on a broader curriculum.
Policy on the education of children and young people with medical needs
Policy on Access to Education for Children and Young People with Medical Needs - Protocol Addendum - Working arrangements with Independent Providers
The purpose of this protocol is to support the agreement of joint working arrangements between AfC and providers of education for Richmond and Kingston children of statutory school age with medical needs. This protocol does not apply to pupils between the age of 16 and 19.
Advice and general enquiries
Schools and parents can also make general enquiries for advice. Informal discussion is welcomed if it helps in ensuring the referral process is followed correctly and the criteria are fully met.
For Primary Medical Tuition, this will be provided by the EISS Primary Support Service and referrals can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondary Medical Tuition is provided by Malden Oaks - please use the referral form on their website (opens a new window)
Lead Officer for Children Missing Education
Phone: 020 8547 5268