Welcome to Hospital and Outreach Education
Welcome message from Cath Kitchen, Head Teacher:
'The Management Committee, staff and I are delighted to introduce you to the work of our Pupil Referral Unit.
Hospital and Outreach Education (HOE) is a local authority pupil provision which provides educational support for children and young people aged 4 to 18 who cannot attend mainstream school due to a diagnosed complex medical and/or mental health condition.
We provide personalised learning and support for pupils so that they are enabled to make rapid progress in their learning and emotional well being. Our teaching and support helps our pupils successfully transition back to their home school or the next phase in their learning.
We cannot change our pupil's past experiences but we can influence their future in restoring their self confidence and self esteem, and giving them the resilience and tools to be able to cope in their chosen educational or vocational destination. We firmly believe that all our pupils can achieve, regardless of their personal circumstances and medical or mental health condition.
Parents cannot apply for their child to attend Hospital and Outreach Education. Referrals are made by their child's school and are supported by a medical practitioner.
Our Mission Statement:
‘To provide access to appropriate education for all children and young people with medical and mental health needs, keeping education alive in the pupil’s life, maintaining progress and enabling them to achieve their potential’
'I hope you find our website informative and interesting.'
- Cath Kitchen (B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc, NPQH)
We currently have no vacancies
Hospital and Outreach Education to form the first ever multi-academy trust for pupils with medical needs.
Hospital and Outreach Education are delighted to be joining with Oxfordshire Hospital School to form the first ever medical needs MAT. Details about the decision to do this can be found in this article from SchoolsWeek: http://schoolsweek.co.uk/first-medical-needs-only-mat-to-open
HOE shortlisted for Times Educational Supplement Alternative Provision of the Year 2017
Hospital and Outreach Education was delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious award in 2015 and again this year. Although we were not successful in 2015, we are hoping for greater success this year. The fact that we were shortlisted is recognition of the high standard of education we provided for Northamptonshire pupils with medical needs.
Cath Kitchen, Head Teacher of HOE, was successful in winning the Learndirect 'Inspirational Learner Support' award, having beaten off 700 other nominees. You can hear her interview about the work of HOE and her award here:
Chris Woods, SENDCo, won a British Medical Journal Award for her work on a resource for schools, co-authorised with Cassie Miller from Clic Sargent charity. The resource enables schools to support the peers of young people who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Linda Aslett, Leader of Learning for the In-Patients Units, has had part of her PhD research published in the journal 'Education and Health'.
Northamptonshire Pupil Speak at House of Lords
Two young people from Northamptonshire who were supported by the county’s Hospital and Outreach Education were invited to the House of Lords to talk about their experience.
Headteacher Cath Kitchen, from the pupil referral unit, was invited to speak at the Education in Alternative Provisions – Rewards and Challenges discussion on Monday 9th November by Baroness Massey, who had heard her speak at a previous conference.
She was joined by Hannah Bunting, 21, and 17-year-old Beth Harrison, who both spent time out of mainstream school due to ill health.
Northamptonshire County Council’s Hospital and Outreach Education helped them to keep up with their classmates by offering teaching in their own homes and support to help them get back to school. With the help of the service, both Hannah and Beth were able to take and pass their GCSEs and return to school for further education.
The House of Lords discussion involved peers, MPs and voluntary organisations and also present were staff from a pupil referral unit for children and young people with behavioural difficulties in Tameside and the headteacher of Great Ormond Street Hospital School in London.
Cath said: “Our young people from Northamptonshire were amazing. They spoke so clearly and concisely and had a much bigger impact on the audience than the adult speakers. I am immensely proud of both of them.”
Baroness Massey, who co-ordinated and chaired discussion, said: “This is one of the best and most lively meetings I have chaired and we will certainly be taking some of the issues raised by the young people into the House to debate.”
Run by Northamptonshire County Council, the pupil referral unit offers teaching support for children and young people with complex medical and mental health needs which prevent them from attending school full-time.
Cllr Matthew Golby, cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said: “Our Hospital and Outreach Education service does a fantastic job for children and young people who are unable to attend school full-time due to health issues.
“It is an incredible honour for Cath, Hannah and Beth to have been invited to the House of Lords and they should be very proud of their contribution to this important debate.”
HOE Research Study 2016 - Long term outcomes for children and young people with complex medical needs: the impact on access to education
In order to improve the quality of our education programmes at HOE, it is useful for us to conduct what would have made it better for them, and then we can change our programmes. We have sent out letters to some past pupils and asked them to complete our online survey. If you have received a letter, you can access the survey via this link.
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