Developing professional practice
These are some of the projects we are sharing practice on with other schools and organisations. We are always happy to have visitors, host network events and share resources. We believe that in developing best practice through openness and collaboration we will better the lives of both our own young people and those in all hospital schools. Please see the project themes below with related useful resources. If you would like to get in touch to discuss projects or resources or to be involved in any of these projects, please do get in touch.
If you are new to working in hospital teaching, please see our professional partnerships page for organisations to contact or join.
We were recognised as the first UNICEF Silver Hospital School in the UK. We are now well on our way to achieving Gold Award. Please click here for our presentation on becoming a UNICEF School.
If you would like to work with us or visit to discuss becoming a UNICEF RRSA School, please contact our Assistant Head for Personal development and Wellbeing, Anna D’Olier Anna@hhts.wandsworth.sch.uk.
Key Professional partnership-UNICEF
Creating a Therapeutic School
As a Medical PRU based in two hospitals we are building a therapeutic school model across diverse NHS provisions. Please click here to read the story so far.
Key professional partnership-Wandsworth Psychology Service, QNIC & SWLSTG Trust
Capturing our pupil voice
As a UNICEF RRSA School pupils voice is one of our key indicators for success and agents for change. In a hospital school with many short stay patients capturing pupils views and ideas in a meaningful many can be a challenge. Please click here for pupil interview scripts. Please click here for pupil voice report templates. We use our pupil voice results to make changes to our curriculum, our pedagogical approach, our social and emotional support for students and our environment. Acting on what we hear is key.
Key professional partnership-UNICEF
Progression tracking with the Data Pioneers
We are part of a project led by PRISUM collating national curriculum progression guidance and resources which will translate nationally across the UK. As a national inpatient unit, regularly liaising with schools across Britain and Ireland, having a transparent and common language of assessment and curriculum progression is key. Understanding a young person’s academic starting point when they arrive, how they progress across each curriculum area during their stay and where they are on the point of discharge is vital. This mapping of learning ensures each young persons learning journey is personalised, appropriately aspirational and well-paced. Please click here for examples of the progression guidance from this project.
Key professional partnership-PRISUM
Collecting case studies
In conversation with the Pan London Hospital Teachers Network we identified patterns of student mental health presentations. In an effort to capture this and look at methods of better supporting vulnerable learner pre and post discharge we are collaborating and sharing case studies. Please click here to download a case study template.
Key professional partnership-Pan London Hospital Teachers Network & Medical Needs Forum UCL
Curriculum – Active and global citizenship
Our active and global citizenship programme has developed from our belief that empowering students as agents of positive change will aid their recovery and raise their academic aspirations. We already root many educational activities in a robust SMSC & BV programme, active citizenship has become a natural development form this. Please click here for our SMSC & BV Diary with associated active and global citizenship activities.
Key professional partnership- Votes for Schools & UNICEF
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘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.’