Headteacher: Sally Hudson | School Contact: Mrs Diane Charlton | Tel: 01325 348600

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Home and Hospital Teaching Service

The HHTS (Home and Hospital Teaching Service) aims to provide education to all mainstream students who cannot access their mainstream school due to the medical reasons stated below:

Physical Medical Condition

This could be a long-term medical condition whereby the student is too ill to attend school.  It may also be a student who cannot be taught within a school due to an injury; whereby the pupil may be unable to access the facilities, is in too much pain or the risk of causing more damage should the pupil be ‘knocked’, is too great.

In either case, the school would refer the pupil directly to HHTS. Wherever possible students are taught in small groups, within the HHTS Centre.   Where there is any doubt, the HHTS will contact the student’s consultant/doctor to get details of the time frame required for home/centre tuition.

Anxiety Problems

If a secondary aged student has not been attending their mainstream school for some time and the reason given is that they are too anxious to attend, then the school should refer the pupil to HHTS via the Secondary Behaviour and Attendance Partnership Panel (SBAPP). The school will also ensure the pupil has undergone an assessment prior to referral and this is presented to back up the school’s referral.

This assessment can be carried out by either:

  • Educational Psychologist
  • School Counsellor

(A letter from the pupil’s G.P, suggesting the child is anxious is not deemed suitable, as they do not have the relevant training to complete a full assessment of anxiety).

Pregnancy/Post-Natal Period

Once a student has disclosed they are pregnant and are intending to continue their pregnancy, the school should hold an Early Help TAF meeting and invite a representative from the HHTS, plus other relevant agencies.  This is to inform the student of available options.  Most pregnant students choose to continue their education within their mainstream school; however some decide to attend the HHTS Centre and so the mainstream school will refer the student through SBAPPS.  Where appropriate, the HHTS provides education to the pregnant student from around 29 weeks gestation up until 6 weeks after giving birth, depending on circumstances.

The Secondary Behaviour and Attendance Partnership Panel meet once a fortnight to discuss any new referrals. If there is enough evidence to support the referral then a place at the ASR provision is offered.  Here a student will be offered a full-time place.

Hospital in-patient

The HHTS provides education to all pupils admitted as in-patients to the Children’s Ward at Darlington Memorial Hospital. All pupils are taught, wherever possible, from Day 1 of admission.   This provision currently operates 5 mornings per week.

Current curriculum:

  • Maths at KS3, ELC & GCSE
  • English at KS3 & GCSE
  • English Literature at GCSE
  • Science at KS3
  • Biology at GCSE
  • Chemistry at GCSE
  • Statistics at GCSE
  • Geography at KS3
  • PSHE at KS3 & Year 10
  • Transitions at Year 11
  • PE

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