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The Home and Hospital Teaching Service aims, through liaison with home schools, to provide a broad, balanced curriculum for children aged 4 –16 who are unable, for medical or mental ill health reasons, to attend school.

  • It must be recognised that the Home and Hospital Teaching Service provides support for the students with a variety of needs. It is a pre-requisite, therefore, that students health issues are considered and given priority before learning can take place. Close liaison, therefore, with all agencies is important.
  • The core National Curriculum is offered to all students being taught by the Home and Hospital Teaching Service and other choices offered whenever possible.  A caring and flexible approach encourages students to work and make progress
  • Students experience a range of teaching and learning styles and should have access to a calm, supportive atmosphere where learning can take place and each individual student can develop to the best of their ability


The aims of the Home and Hospital Teaching Service are:

  • To minimise, so much as is possible, disruption to a child’s education resulting from medical needs.
  • To work closely with the child’s home school who will provide work suitable for the child’s age, ability, needs and health at the time
  • To liaise with any other professionals involved with the child/family
  • To provide, as far as possible, a broad and balanced curriculum
  • To encourage and assist the child in returning to school


Further information about the referral process can be downloaded here: