Health Needs Education Service
Health Needs Education is an education service provision run by Kent Local Authority for children who are unable to attend their home school because of illness. Provision may include education at home (home tuition), education at a base or satellite or in hospital depending on the illness or medical needs of the child.
How to Apply
Schools can apply by returning a completed referral form, along with all medical evidence to Evelyn Green, Manager of Health Needs Education Service, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone ME14 1XQ.
When successful, the school will call a planning meeting to consider the type and length of support and outline reintegration plans. If other provision is appropriate, the coordinator will facilitate this through the Preventative Service Managers. Medical evidence will be reviewed every 6 months for pupils who suffer long term illnesses.
SCHOOL REFERRAL FORMS
- Form HNE1a/b - School Referral form
- Referral form for use of Out of County Hospitals
- HNE Locations
- The service is located at the following schools:
- East Kent - The Willows in Canterbury- Map
- West Kent - Birling Grange in Leybourne - Map
- Tunbridge Wells at Hawkwell Business Centre, Pembury (satellite) - Map
- Seal at Seal Church Hall (satellite) - Map
- Oakfields Education Unit in Staplehurst (Providing education for children who are attending the Kent and Medway Adolescent Unit at Woodland House in Staplehurst)
“The East Kent Health Needs Education Service has an outstanding report from Ofsted - June 2010” “The West Kent Health Needs Education Service has an outstanding report from Ofsted - November 2010”
What is Provided?
- Outreach to schools to create capacity for pupils to remain in their home schools wherever possible. (e.g. advice and training about risk assessments/care plans, condition specific training such as acquired brain injury or epilepsy)
- Home tuition for pupils who are too unwell and they cannot leave home
- Tuition at bases for those who need small group teaching and the specialist knowledge of their conditions
- GCSE courses for those in year 10/11 where they are unable to reintegrate into their home schools
- Tuition at a satellite for those for whom a ‘halfway house’ is required, in small groups.
- Summary of the Kent policy for meeting the health needs of children and young people
- HNES Funding
- Outline model school policy for meeting the health needs of children and young people
- HNE Example Case Studies
- Range of Provision in Kent
- Full Kent policy for meeting the health needs of children and young people
- Information for schools about pupils dual rolled with the HNES
- Model Policy for the Administration of Medicines in Schools
- Gatland Education Case Studies
Interested in Working for the Health Needs Eduction Service?
If you would like to consider the possibility of becoming a home tutor for pupils too unwell to leave their homes, then we would be very interested to hear from you.
Pupils can be at home because of mental or physical health reasons and we need tutors who can help them regain their confidence and get back to school.
To apply please complete the application form and send it to the head teacher of the area in which you live.
For a discussion regarding this type of work, please ring the head teacher of your area who may be able to put you in touch with a colleague who is already carrying out this valuable work in pupil’s homes.