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Education in Hospital

Education in Hospital

If your child is sick and is admitted to hospital, you should contact your child's school to notify them when your child was admitted and how long they are predicted to be in hospital.

Teaching in hospital would normally be considered after the child has been in hospital for more than 5 working days. If the child will be absent from school for more than 5 days, teaching may start when the child is admitted to hospital, depending on circumstances.

Education can be provided for children in hospital if they are well enough to learn. The child's parents or carers, their teachers and medical staff, should judge whether the child is well enough to carry out educational activities. The priority at the start of the hospital stay, and for short illnesses, is on medical treatment and recovery with some play activity.

The child remains on their school roll and their school remains responsible for overseeing the child's education. They may do this by providing work and loaning materials to parents or carers to share with their child, by liaising directly with the hospital teacher about work the child is missing, or maintain contact and support in other ways.  

If your child has an ongoing health issue that means they may need repeated hospital visits or stays, or if their ongoing health issues may present a barrier to learning, their school should consider if they meet the criteria for an additional support need through the Staged Intervention process.  

For Further Information Contact

Educational Support Officer, Education & Schools
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000
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