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Hospital Outreach Education

If a child or young person is unable to attend school for a while because of a medical or mental health problem, we will, in consultation with parents and other professionals, seek an alternative way of maintaining their education. We may offer individual or small group tuition for pupils who are too ill to access full time mainstream education or are making the transition from hospital back to school. This alternative provision would normally take place at Sheaf Training Centre. Only in exceptional circumstances, dictated by the child’s medical condition, will tuition take place in the home.


The aim of alternative educational provision is to reintegrate these pupils into full time mainstream or special education at the earliest opportunity. In the interim, there is a need to ensure access to quality education, for opportunities for working in partnership with other agencies e.g. CAMHS, EPS and systems for maintaining links with the Sheffield Futures Service.

Referral Process

Pupils referred to Hospital Education must be ‘medically unfit’ to attend mainstream school, either as a result of issues relating to illness, or as a result of issues relating to mental health.

If the child is medically unfit, the LA has a statutory responsibility to provide education during the period of treatment.

If this is the case, the Local Authority requires a letter from a Medical Consultant which:

  • States that the child is medically unfit to attend school
  • Gives an indication of how long the child will be medically unfit to attend school
  • Outlines the treatment plan

The Consultant letter is the first step in the LA identifying that the statutory requirement to provide education should be planned and implemented.

In order for the decision to be made that Hospital Education is statutorily necessary, the Head of Becton School will consider the request from a Consultant.

Consultant letters indicating a child is medically unfit to attend school should be sent to:

Sacha Schofield
Becton School
S20 1NZ
WF10 2DZ

Further source of information from the Department of Education:
Ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs Statutory guidance for local authorities January 2013.