The Council has a statutory duty to provide suitable education provision for children and young people who do not, or cannot, attend full time education in the usual way, eg due to long term medical needs.
The Medical Needs - KCME (Known Children Missing out on Education) team is a group of experienced teachers who work with both the school and parents / carers of the child or young person. The aim is to provide a balanced curriculum, but with a main focus on English, Mathematics and Science. All curricular planning and resources are provided by the school.
What support is provided?
We will provide regular support and teaching appropriate to the child's or young person's needs, at a suitable venue, such as at home, within a school or centre, or on the Calderdale Royal Children's ward.
Regular review meetings will be arranged and include the school and parents / carers of the child or young person. These will usually be informal, SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time related) target meetings.
Guidance for schools to ensure that pupils with medical needs continue to be included in school life, plus managing medication is available: Policy on the education of children with medical needs [PDF 205KB]
How do I access the service?
Your child's or young person's school will complete a referral form. This form has to be signed by you to confirm consent of the referral.
If the referral is due to long term medical needs, then medical evidence from your child's or young person's medical consultant or specialist(s) must accompany the referral form. Sourcing the medical evidence is the responsibility of the parents / carers.
The referral form and all supporting medical evidence should be returned to the Medical Needs - KCME team.
A copy of the referral form can be downloaded here: Medical Needs referral form [PDF 64KB].
What happens next?
Once we have received the referral form and all supporting medical evidence, a meeting will be arranged with the school, you and your child or young person. Where possible, this will be within five working days of receipt of the referral.
The initial meetings are an opportunity to get to know you and your child or young person. Appropriate times for the teaching sessions will be arranged, and you can discuss any concerns or issues that you might have regarding your child's or young person's education.