Home Tuition Service
The Service provides education to Sandwell pupils who are unable to leave home because of ill health. Our tutors provide one-to-one teaching in the home for a minimum of five hours each week. The tutors work in partnership with the pupil, parents/carers and the named teacher at the pupil’s mainstream school, in order to provide an efficient and effective programme for each child.
Home tutors deliver the core National Curriculum subjects and additional subjects depending on the specific needs of the pupil.
When a child is too ill to access education at his/her mainstream school a referral is made to our Service by a medical practitioner or by the school, with supporting data from a medical practitioner.
Once a referral has been made, additional information is gathered from the school to assist the decision-making process about how best to meet the needs of the child.
The Home Tuition Co-ordinator meets with the parents/carers and pupil and a plan is drawn up for the period of tuition after discussing:
1. Education and medical needs.
2. The projected period for tuition.
3. Pupil’s education plan.
4. Re-integration to mainstream school, when ready.
5. Review meetings.
The Co-ordinator will ensure that the pupil’s views are taken into consideration during the discussion..
All pupils who receive Home Tuition remain on the roll of their mainstream school for the duration of the home tuition period and there is close communication between the Service and school.
Termly reports are sent to parents and to school and regular reviews are held, to which parents and school representatives are invited.
The Service liaises closely with health professionals to determine when it is appropriate for a pupil to return to school. After discussion with school and parents a re-integration plan is devised for each pupil according to his/her individual needs. This facilitates a smooth return to school.
Pupils who are unable to return to school and who need to be supported by our Service for a longer period are integrated into our Whiteheath Education Centre base in Rowley Regis where they have access to full-time education before returning to school or moving on to further education.