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Education for children with medical needs

Find out when you can contact the Leicestershire Inclusion Service Team and when a school should provide work if your child is not well enough to attend school.

Your child may still be able to go to school with some help. 

If your child can’t go to school because of their medical needs:

  • their school will organise education for the first few weeks
  • they may be able to go to a school at the hospital they are in
  • we may arrange education outside school if we think your child isn’t getting an education or if your child is ill for more than 15 days.
    This may include:
    • home tuition
    • access to a hospital school
    • a ‘virtual’ school or
    • any combination depending on the needs of your child. 

Arrange education for your child

Speak to your child’s school if your child has to go into hospital as an in-patient.

If your child is too ill to go to school and you think they will be off for more than 15 days, contact the Inclusion Service Team.

Going back to school

Your child will get help to go back to school when they are ready. We will work with you and your child’s school to plan their return and make sure they get all the help they need.

Recoupment policy

This policy explains the Local Authority’s reasons and processes for the recoupment of costs from schools for children who, by reason of illness, are unable to attend school and who are supported by the Authority to receive education through an alternative provider.  

This policy is applied from 1 January 2019 for all new and existing referrals and contracts held by the council.

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