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Services for children and young people in Northamptonshire (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

Hospital And Outreach Education

Type of service:
Schools And Education Providers
Main Road, Delapre Community Rooms, Far Cotton, Northampton, NN4 8EN
Telephone number:
01604 662250
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Service description:
Hospital and Outreach Education (HOE) is a Pupil Referral Unit which provides educational support for children and young people with complex medical and/or mental health needs which prevent them from attending school full time. It covers the whole of Northamptonshire and is organised structurally into two 'mini teams' which cover the North and South of the county respectively.

There are two teaching provisions at Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals and at two in-patient tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHs) Units in Northampton. There are also two outreach teaching bases in Kettering and Northampton for HOE.

The HOE team is made up of qualified teachers, senior learning support assistants, higher level teaching assistants, family liaison workers and a team of administrative support led by a school business manager. All staff are appropriately trained and employ a broad range of skills and engagement techniques to help children and young people recognise and celebrate their strengths, overcome their difficulties, cope with their medical/mental health condition, and re-engage with life-long learning.

Can parents refer to Hospital and Outreach Education? No, referrals are taken from schools and must be supported by medical evidence from a health practitioner

Is medical evidence required for a referral to Hospital and Outreach Education? Yes

How long can a pupil remain with Hospital and Outreach Education? HOE education support is not long term. The time spent at HOE depends on the impact of the medical condition and advice from the medical practitioner – there are no hard and fast rules.

Does HOE always aim to reintegrate pupils back to their home school? All our pupils must have an intention to return to school or to transition to another placement and this is discussed at the set up meeting. As above, HOE is not a long term alternative to mainstream education.

Do you take pupils with special educational needs? The admission criteria are the same, regardless of the needs of the pupil – complex medical or mental health needs

Do you offer home teaching? Only if a child/young person has medical evidence to say they cannot leave the house. It is much better for children/young people to be taught in small groups at our outreach centres or back in school.

Does a pupil transfer from their school roll to HOE roll once a referral has been accepted? No, the pupil then becomes dual registered so both HOE and the school work together to provide the appropriate educational support.

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Age range:
4 years - 18 years
Additional information:
SENCO: Chris Woods
Eligibility criteria:
  • A Child Who Is A Hospital Inpatient For A Period Of More Than 15 Days
  • Pupils With Medical Or Mental Health Needs Who Are Absent From School For More Than Three Weeks
Referral route:
  • Referral From A Consultant Community Paediatrician
  • Referral From Camhs Psychologist
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