WHAT WE DO ...
Hospital and Outreach Education (HOE) is a Pupil Referral Unit which provides educational support for children and young people with complex medical and/or mental health needs which prevent them from attending school full time. It covers the whole of Northamptonshire and is organised structurally into three 'mini teams' which cover the North and South of the county and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHs) Units respectively.
There are two teaching provisions at Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals and at three tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHs) Units in Northampton. There are also two outreach teaching bases, one in Kettering and one in Northampton for HOE.
The HOE team is led by Cath Kitchen and is made up of qualified teachers, senior learning support assistants, higher level teaching assistants, family liaison workers and a team of business support led by a school business manager. All staff are appropriately trained and employ a broad range of skills and engagement techniques to help children and young people recognise and celebrate their strengths, overcome their difficulties, cope with their medical/mental health condition, and re-engage with life-long learning.
We also work very closely with multi-agency colleagues from Health, CAMHS, other teams within the County Council and personal advisors from Prospects (previously Connexions).
Pupils educated through HOE range in age from 3 to 18 years and may be from across the whole ability range. Most are dual registered with their own mainstream or special school.
HOE provides direct teaching and support with reintegration back to school and/or support across the transition, as well as supporting school improvement by offering advice and guidance to schools on how particular medical and mental health conditions may impact on a pupil’s behaviour, attendance, achievement and attainment.
All pupils receive a personalised education programme, and have an individual learning plan to support their learning and medical/mental health needs. Reviews are held with parents/carers and pupils, home school staff and multi-professional colleagues every 6 weeks to review the learning plan and plan ahead.
HOE support is rather like a ‘revolving door’. Pupils are admitted for support, spend some time in the 'revolving door' then go out the other side back to school or post 16 provider when they are well enough.
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