Education for children with health needs who cannot attend school
It is important that children of compulsory school age who are unable to attend school due to health needs or illness have the same access to education as other children.
As soon as it is clear that a child will be absent for more than 15 days, this can either be consecutive days or a total of days over a period of time, the local authority must make sure that suitable education is provided. This applies whether or not the child is on the roll of a school and whatever the type of school they attend. It applies to children who are pupils in academies, free schools, special schools and independent schools as well as those in maintained schools.
The Department for Education has published the following statutory guidance for local authorities and schools; outlining their roles to ensure children receive a good education.
- Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school
- Ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs
Cambridgeshire's pathway for secondary aged young people with medical and mental health needs clarifies how schools, health and other professionals can support children to access an appropriate education.
What you can do
If your child has health needs and is unable to attend school regularly, you should, in the first instance, talk to your child’s school to ensure that together you put appropriate education in place for your child.