Education for pupils with medical (or other) needs is delivered by Achieving for Children through the Education Inclusion Support Service (EISS) for primary age children. Malden Oaks School and Tuition Service provide the service for secondary age children.
The officer responsible for Children Missing Education is Sheldon Snashall, Associate Director for Pupil Support.
Associate Director for Pupil Support
Achieving for Children
Office Phone: 020 8547 5268
Mobile Phone: 07849306815
What constitutes a medical (or other) need?
Whilst there is no specific definition of a 'medical (or other) need it is a term used for the circumstances where a child's health and condition (or other factors) prevents them, for the greater balance of time, from accessing school and an effective education.
Access and entitlement to additional support is subject to the recommendation of the need for alternative provision by a health (or other appropriate professional).
Local authorities have a statutory duty to provide education other than at school for children unable to attend school because of illness or other reasons who would not receive suitable education without such provision.
Quality of education and curriculum
The service will ensure a suitable and flexible education including a broad and balanced curriculum, similar to that received at school for children who cannot attend school because of health or other needs. ‘Suitable’ means appropriate to the child’s age, aptitude and ability and any special educational needs they may have.
For those pupils studying for their GCSEs, the service will ensure that the subjects the pupil has been studying at school will continue (taking the pupils health/ other needs into consideration), alongside the appropriate exam board specification is adhered to. The service will work alongside the school to ensure that exam entries and access arrangements (where appropriate) are in place. Attention will be given to this in each review meeting.
Policy on the education of children and young people with medical and other needs
Read or download the Alternative Provision Policy 2022 (opens a new window)
Policy on Access to Education for Children and Young People with Medical (or other) 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 (or other) needs. This protocol does not apply to pupils between the age of 16 and 19.
Protocol being updated
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.
If you require any of these documents in an alternative format please contact email@example.com
For Primary Medical Tuition, this will be provided by the EISS Primary Support Service and referrals can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Malden Oaks School and Tuition Service
Secondary Medical Tuition is provided by Malden Oaks - please use the referral form on their website (opens a new window)
Kingston KT2 5QY
Telephone: 020 8289 4665