Learning at home

All school age children are entitled to an education if they are out of school because of medical needs. However, home teaching provision can vary significantly between local authorities.

Local authority provision

Government statutory guidance came out on May 2013. This is applies to all schools and says that all local authorities must:

"Arrange suitable full-time education (or as much education as the child's health condition allows) for children of compulsory school age who, because of illness, would otherwise not receive suitable education."

All local authorities provide home teaching for children who aren't well enough to attend school. Ask for advice from hospital school staff or your child's school as access to home teaching varies.

Virtual Learning Environment

Some schools have a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which is part of their school website, others may suggest websites the school subscribes to such as Samlearning, Mathletics, Mymaths or Edlounge.

These can work well for a short time, but if your child is absent from school for a long period they will need a teacher's input.

Find out about who can support you and how to plan your child's education with their school. Get information about taking exams and advice about your child's return to school.

In this day and age the internet is vital, even some of her school work could have been done via the internet.

Content last reviewed November 2015, next planned review 2016.