Education for children who can't attend school because of health needs

We can provide a broad and balanced education for school-age children who have an illness, condition or diagnosis that leads to prolonged or recurring periods of absence from school.

If your child has such an illness or condition, ask your child’s school to submit a referral to us. 

We’ll aim to provide education to suit your child’s needs within 15 working days of receiving your referral, providing it meets our criteria, 

What your child will receive

Your child will typically receive a minimum entitlement of five hours a week, dependent on medical advice and whether they’re well enough to benefit from teaching.

We have to strike the right balance between encouraging your child to study and recognising when they’re not well enough to benefit from tuition. We can increase these hours if appropriate, for instance if your child's approaching a public examination.

Tuition usually takes place on a one-to-one basis in your home or in a local public venue, such as a library, although we’ll consider whether small group tuition or tuition via an accredited e-learning programme would be more appropriate.

Your child's school is your first point of contact as they’re responsible for submitting the referral. All schools should have a policy and named person to support pupils who are unable to attend because of medical needs.

Statutory guidance for local authorities

Referral process documents