If a referral for home tuition is made by Alder Hey Hospital ACE will make contact with the child's school to inform them that tuition has been requested. The child's school must agree for this service to take place.
The school will be asked to supply information about the child’s educational progress and current programmes of study together with any work they would like the child to complete. The Home Tuition tutor will focus on English and Maths.
In some instances, students may have been absent from school for a long period of time before referral to ACE. It may therefore be necessary for the tutor to carry out an assessment in Maths and English so that schoolwork can be modified to meet the needs of the child.
If the child has special needs, a copy of their Education and Health Care Plan will be requested.
If a child is to be taught in the home at the end of each teaching session the Tutor will discuss the child’s progress and any homework to be completed with the parent/guardian.
Aspects of the child’s progress will also be discussed during a ‘Team around the Child’ review, organised at the discretion of the Head of ACE. These are normally planned for children requiring a more lengthy period of time receiving education support.
ACE SCHOOL BASE
If the child attends the ACE school base for lessons parents and the home school will receive a report at each review. KS4 pupils are assessed each half term by teachers and termly for KS3 pupils. Both academic and personal progress are monitored closely by staff. Detailed subject reports are provided at each student review which take place 3 times a year. However more frequent review meetings may take place if required. The EHAT is also updated at each review.
A parents evening is also arranged during the Spring and Summer Terms in order for parents to meet all subject teachers.
As far as possible, provision is made for students in KS4 to follow a number of external examination courses which include:
For students who are capable of accessing further GCSE courses via independent study this will be arranged and supported by their home school.
Where will students sit their external examinations?
Students can sit their external exams at the ACE site at Sandfield Park school and do not need to go into their home school. This helps to alleviate any unnecessary anxiety. In extreme cases arrangements can be made to sit exams at home.
Returning to School
When the medical profession considers a child to be fit enough to return to school they will be discharged from ACE.
The home school will be informed. Some students may return directly to school, whilst for others, there will be a phased integration plan over a maximum of 4 weeks. A final report will then be sent to the school to inform them of the progress made by the child.
What happens if a child has difficulties in returning to school?
As part of the integration process, ACE will remain in contact with the school and if there are any difficulties a meeting can take place in order to review the integration plan. This is a flexible and personalised approach to meet the needs of the child.
During Year 11, ACE makes provision for all students to meet with their Careers IAG Officer. They liaise closely with the student, their family and the ACE team in order to support pupils in their career choice / further education.
Sandfield Park School
Alder Centre for Education