Home tuition

Bracknell Forest Home Teaching Service

delivered by College Hall on behalf of Bracknell Forest Council

Guiding Principles

The Home Teaching Service will:

  • respect, value and understand the individual needs of the children and young people
  • hold high expectations of young people and help them achieve realistic targets
  • be committed to providing equality of opportunity and access to learning for all children and young people.
  • co-operate and communicate effectively with children and young people, their parents, schools and other agencies e.g. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Children’s Social Care, Health Professionals, the Educational Psychology Service, the Special Educational Needs team and the Education Welfare Service;
  • enable each young person to return to mainstream, special or other education as soon as is reasonably possible.

Eligibility criteria

To qualify for home tuition for medical reasons a pupil must satisfy all the following criteria:

  • Expected to be absent from school for at least 15 school days
  • The pupil must live within the Bracknell Forest area
  • The pupil must be of compulsory school age
  • A written recommendation must be obtained from a hospital consultant, senior clinical medical officer or specialist medical team stating that the child is unable to attend school and that home tuition is appropriate.

How should support be requested for a pupil with medical needs?

Parents who feel their child requires home tuition should make a request for home tuition via the school where they are enrolled. 

Schools can then complete the Home Tuition Referral Form (available to download here) and forward (post or e-mail) to the College Hall senior administrator, Rachel Moss

When would the support start?

  • Pupils who are expected to be absent from school for more than 15 school days are eligible to receive support once the Home Tuition Service Manager has received a written recommendation from the appropriate medical authority. The written recommendation must confirm that the pupil is unable to attend school and clearly request that home tuition should be allocated.
  • Once supported by the appropriate medical authority an appropriate number of sessions up to 25 hours of 1-1 tuition support is available per week.
  • Recommendations with regard to physical illness or injury are generally sought from the senior clinical medical officer or hospital consultant who has been treating the child.
  • On those occasions where a child is suffering from severe emotional or psychological problems, which prevent attendance at school, a recommendation will be sought from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

Service provided

The Service will operate a school calendar for 190 days per year. Provision follows school term times.

The Service will make temporary educational provision for children and young people who are unable to attend school due to their medical needs. The service will also make provision for those who are not able to attend a school or the pupil referral unit for other reasons, including where they have been excluded from school and provision at College Hall is not considered appropriate at that moment in time.

Provision will be made for one-to-one teaching to take place at the home of the child or young person or at another suitable location. Some children and young people may be taught in small groups.

Children and young people will receive an education of similar quality to that available in school, which encompasses a broad and balanced curriculum and includes the opportunity to access other provision appropriate to their age for example, independent careers guidance and work related learning/work experience. Children and young people supported by the HTS may study for a range of tests and examinations according to their educational needs and in co-operation with their own school e.g. National Curriculum assessments, GCSEs etc.

Provision of up to 25 hours will be made available. The precise amount of tuition provided will be dependent on the child or young person’s ability to access that provision. The service will take into account the advice of medical professionals.

Service staff will liaise with other agencies to secure the most appropriate educational provision for each young person. This should include relevant members of school staff and parent/carer and may include educational psychologists, education welfare staff, a medical practitioner / CAMHS worker, and other supporting agencies (i.e. Children’s Social Care, Youth Offending Team, LA SEN team) as appropriate. An education provision plan should be set.  This Plan should be in place ideally before provision commences but otherwise as soon as is practical thereafter.

For those children and young people on the roll of a mainstream school, the service will expect that school to ensure that the child or young person is kept in touch with school activities as far as is possible

The service will ensure that its staff are active in monitoring progress towards reintegration.

The service will ensure pupils with SEN have access to a curriculum which best meets their needs. Partnership with parents/carers and schools is seen as essential and the views of the child or young person will be sought and valued. . School staff will liaise with home tutor’s about the subject delivery. Where the service is unable to meet the child or young person’s educational needs due to their special educational need, it will inform the Local Authority SEN team so that suitable arrangements can be made.  This may require the engagement of specialist tutors.

Charging Policy for the Home Teaching Service

The service provides education free of charge to children or young people in or at their homes if they reside within the Bracknell Forest area. For those children supported by the service, who do not meet these criteria, the cost of this provision will be charged to the local authority in which the child resides.

Resources for curriculum provision will largely be met by schools and the service. However, for some elements of provision, parents/carers may be requested to make voluntary financial contributions, e.g. enrichment activities, including educational visits, cooking etc.

Students with an Education Health and Care Plan or a statement of special educational needs  who have a special educational need or disability that cannot be met by support that is usually available in a school  will be funded by the Special Educational Needs Department from the high needs block on a case by case basis. 

Referrals to the Home Teaching Service           

Referrals to the HTS will be accepted for a child or young person who is a Bracknell Forest resident, is on the roll at an educational setting or is a ‘moved in’ child or young person for whom an appropriate placement cannot be found.

Referrals will usually come from a school. It is a school responsibility to collate the necessary evidence for the referral to the service. The school referring may be from out of authority for a Bracknell Forest resident.

A completed referral form from the educational setting with additional evidence as appropriate will need to be provided (see above). The referral form will include detail of attendance and evidence of involvement of education welfare officer and/or other professionals as appropriate.

It is essential that a referral to the service is part of an integrated support plan for a pupil which is underpinned by the work of all involved professionals and which has clear outcomes for the return to school or alternative provision.

Acceptance of pupils will be time limited and kept under review.