CLIC Sargent responds to Department for Education announcement on alternative provision

CLIC Sargent welcomes the Department for Education’s announcement to invest £4 million into the education and outcomes of children taught in alternative provision, in particular, the introduction of robots to enable children in hospital to participate virtually in lessons. 

CLIC Sargent responds to Department for Education announcement on alternative provision

Helen Gravestock, CLIC Sargent's Research and Policy Manager, said:

"Cancer treatment for children and young people can last up to three years causing many to have significant time away from school. Falling behind with schoolwork and losing touch with school friends is often a big concern for children and young people diagnosed with cancer. Although their health needs to be the main priority, enabling them to continue developing and learning during their treatment is also crucial."

"That’s why alternative provision in hospital and at home is vital for pupils unable to access school due to cancer treatment."

"We believe that virtual learning can offer children and young people with cancer the opportunity to keep up to date with learning and friends even when they are unable to attend school."

"We look forward to learning more about the DfE’s new innovative projects for alternative provision and to working alongside the Hospital and Outreach Education Service in the East Midlands to ensure children and young people with cancer can benefit from this new technology."

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