Home Hospital Tuition Service

Our aim:

  • Is to provide education for pupils who are out of school for medical reasons
  • Is to provide an education of similar quality to that provided in school, covering a broad and balanced curriculum
  • To offer a minimum of five hours per week (where the pupils are medically permitted) in line with Government legislation
  • To promote the successful return to their mainstream school

Who is eligible?

  • Children aged 7-16 who are resident on the Borough of Stockton on Tees
  • Children who are unable to access school for three weeks due to medical reasons. Supporting medical evidence will be required
  • Children who are unable to access school, and are being supported by CAHMS (must be actively engaging with CAHMS for more than 6 sessions) 


Historically referrals to Home/Hospital Service have been through the Local Authority Access Panel, however, with the establishment of the new Pupil Inclusion Panel (PIP) where partnership places to the PRU are discussed, this has significantly reduced the need for the Access Panel to convene on a regular basis. Building on the success of the PIP model and given the Local Authority has a statutory duty to provide education to pupils who cannot access school, it is timely that we reconsider how the Local Authority manages the referrals to these vital services. Therefore, referrals for Home/Hospital Tuition be directed to and considered by the SEMH and Physical/Sensory One Point Panels. These panels have a multi-disciplinary presence of professionals from a medical, educational, SEN, Mental Health and Social Care background. Their expertise and experience places them in the best position to determine what the next steps should be, they will be able to make the appropriate challenge to schools if it is felt there is more that can be done in school to support the pupil and minimise disruption to the pupil’s education. The panel will also consider a range of strategies or support required within and including short stays in Redhill.

The One Point panels convene fortnightly. Schools are invited to direct any referrals for either Home/Hospital Tuition or Redhill to Lorraine Baynes in SEN. It is essential that if a school is referring a pupil due to anxiety or other mental health needs that they need to provide a costed Provision Map alongside a completed referral form as schools need to demonstrate how they have spent money to support the pupil prior to referral.

The service offered

The service offered is a continuation of the National curriculum entitlement in English, Mathematics and Science (where possible), together with PSHE and other subjects where possible. Tuition in the home is personalised to each pupil and the work is planned in partnership with the mainstream school the pupil is from.


All pupils admitted to Home / Hospital will undergo regular reviews with the school and parents/carers.