Community Education Programme

This is a community and hospital school based programme for students whose mental health needs are highly complex and who present as vulnerable and isolated. For these students the gap between their current mental health condition and readiness for successful reintegration to education has become insurmountable. Pupils require an extended individually tailored programme moving pupils into community and hospital based class based education. This programme will provide an educational academic core while preparing them socially and emotionally for re-engagement with society and education or training.

 

These pupils share the following profiles:

  • have been out of education for a continuous period of a year or more, or have had prolonged periods of poor attendance.
  • are at an early stage in their recovery. They have either been recently referred or re-referred to CAMHS, or they may have been with CAMHS for a prolonged period and yet are not making adequate progress towards therapeutic goals in order to be successfully re-integrated.
  • are currently unwilling to attend school despite efforts of home, therapy etc.

 

What does this involve?

Pupils with this profile of need require an extended individually tailored programme moving pupils into community and hospital based class based education at Springfield University Hospital. This programme will provide an educational academic core while preparing them socially and emotionally for re-engagement with society and education or training. Pupils will attend a minimum of five extended lessons at Springfield University Hospital. These lessons will teach core subjects of Maths, English and Science, Personal and Social Development and Careers one to one sessions. Where pupils have identified a subject of specific interest outside this core, one to one or group lessons in this subject may be facilitated. Group lessons have a maximum of 5 students in a lesson.

 

Successful Outcomes:

It is expected that through a combination of academic and enriching educational support pupils will grow in confidence and independence, enabling them to re-engage with education – either at their home school or another suitable educational establishment. In brief:

  • To make academic progress in English and Maths, and a careful selection of other academic subjects.
  • To engage in a social learning environment.
  • To identify future educational pathways.
  • To make social and emotional progress towards leading a normal life.

 

The criteria for this program stipulates that a pupil is:

  • Resident in Wandsworth.
  • On roll of a school.
  • Diagnosed with a mental health condition that has contributed to non-attendance to mainstream school.
  • Has been out of school for more than three months and is showing significant reticence to re-engage
  • Actively engaging in therapy

It is advisable that a young person referred for this service will have a named social worker in place as any child out of education for a prolonged period is a child in need.

 

How do I refer a pupil for this programme? (Referral Process):

EWO’s, schools, SNAS and CAMHS may refer pupils to the project, provided they fit the criteria. A completed HHTS referral form must be submitted for consideration, accompanied by a referral letter/supporting documentation from CAMHS. An initial home visit/risk assessment will be arranged, and decision made as to suitability for the programme and range of provision to be offered.

This programme is ideally a mid-term measure actively promoting reintegration into a full time educational setting. If pupils refuse to engage, meet targets or the programme is deemed unsuitable, then the offer of provision will be reviewed and can be withdrawn. The service is mindful that a timely successful return to full time education in a setting that best fits the pupil is the primary objective and wherever possible the service will work towards this goal.

Referrals will require funding agreed from their home schools or from the special educational needs assessment team.

Please click here for a referral form for this service.

‘Every day my son looks forward to going to school – to get away from his room, and all the poking and prodding from doctors is such a relief. He is treated like a school boy, rather than a patient, and I think this has as much healing properties as medicine! Due to his illness, my son has missed about a month of schooling, but hopefully will have caught up because of the hospital school.’

(Parent, 2018)

‘Wow, where to begin. I wanted to write to you to demonstrate how much of a positive impact you have had on me……you have restored my faith in teachers everywhere...the CAMHS Campus School was definitely the highlight of Springfield for me as is the case for so many others. Rest assured if I ever get involved in the murky world of politics your funding will be quadrupled, ring-fenced and seared forever.’
‘We are so grateful and thankful for the brilliant staff at the St. George’s Hospital School. We have spent quite a lot of time there over the past 18 months, they have made learning such fun – memorable science experiments and story writing, the best time making posters and adverts and treats for the school cafe. The staff are cheerful, calm, gentle and above all fun. Thank you to the great team.’
‘We were so grateful to the teaching team. They have been absolutely fantastic. My daughter had surgery on Monday and was quiet and withdrawn. This has been instrumental in her recovery and also kept her mind on education whilst she’s been sick.’
‘Everyday my son looks forward to going to school – to get away from his room, and all the poking and prodding from doctors is such a relief. He is treated like a school boy, rather than a patient, and I think this has as much healing properties as medicine! Due to his illness, my son has missed about a month of schooling, but hopefully will have caught up because of the hospital school.’
‘We are so grateful and happy for the care and support – teachers are so helpful and very kind, we love you all for your hard work, keep it up. Thanks so much.’
‘Thank you for the range of learning opportunities you provided my son in hospital for the week for the week he was on the neuro ward. He found the activities very engaging and accessible. He thoroughly enjoys maths and looked forward to the activities you provided for this – he is especially looking forward to the spreadsheet analysis this afternoon. he enjoys music and was surprised to have the opportunity to learn about and play different instruments. Thanks again for all your help.’
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‘We are so grateful that there is a school/classroom to attend. Josie really needs something to focus on when he’s in hospital, he looks forward to getting out of his room and working/studying English, Maths and other interesting topics he can learn about. It has really made a difference to his mood during the hospital stays, having been admitted so many times throughout the past 7 months. Furthermore, it helps him keep on top of his schooling.’
‘Thank you for helping me for the past 10 months. You have helped me to keep as motivated and hopeful for my future as I could have been. I cant wit to start college and maybe become a paramedic. I’ll always remember this school and everyone in it’
‘The service aims to enable pupils with long-term illnesses, mental health issues or who are pregnant to remain in education…... You and your staff ensure that these aims are fully met. Most pupils have missed long periods of learning due to illness. They make remarkable progress during their short time in the school.
Pupils told us that, without the school, they would not be able to engage fully in learning or sit any examinations. Parents value the high-quality teaching provided alongside the excellent care and support given to each individual pupil.’

Ofsted, 2018

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