THE NAHHT WEBSITE
and Updates ...
Joining up of associations for
professionals who work with children with additional health needs
For the first time this year, NAHHT
joined with the National PRUs organisation to hold a joint conference
which was a big success. Planning is already in motion for next year’s
event! NAHHT members had the opportunity to attend at a reduced price
on the Friday where the keynotes and workshops were more geared towards
working with our pupil cohort. There was still plenty of time for
discussion and networking. See the conference section for more details.
Cath is now on the executive committee for Prusap.org so can cement
this link even further.
Cath is planning to attend the Units United conference in September
this year to discuss closer working with colleagues based in in-patient
units, and has attended the National Association of Hospital School
Leaders as a day delegate to network and link with them. It is hoped
that both these organisations will have a tab on our website in the
Onwards and upwards together!!
New membership arrangements
Following a proposal at our AGM, I am delighted to report that there
are now group membership rates available for organisations that have
several members of staff who wish to become members. Individual
membership is to remain at £20 and then group membership is up to 5
members : £80, up to 10 members £120 and up to 20 members £200.
Please see membership section
Membership fees are
Ensuring a good
education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs.
This update on Access to Education was produced in January 2013 and is
statutory guidance for local authorities. There are some significant
changes to the original guidance and I would urge you to ensure your
local authority officer has read the document. You can access a copy of
worked together to produce a specimen local authority policy which you
can customise for your own county. The specimen policy can be accessed
Alternative Provision Consultation Group
This group convened by the DfE following on from the Charlie Taylor
report meets 3 times a year to discuss national issues affecting
alternative provisions. Chaired by Seamus Oates (The Bridge AP
Academy), the membership is made up of a wide variety of professionals
from different relevant organisations and settings from across the
country. Minutes will be made available in the future and will be
Please let Cath know if there are any issues you would like raised.
Pupils with Additional Health Needs
This group had its initial meeting in June of this year and is
co-ordinated by Helen Gravestock of CLIC Sargent and Cath from NAHHT
. The idea is that it is a smaller
group than the larger AP group (see anobe) that could be used to drive
the agenda for our pupil cohort forward. Terms of reference for
the group can be accessed here
Membership of this group includes representation from Units United,
hospital schools, private providers, department for education as well
as young people, their parents/carers and associated medical
professionals. The idea is the meeting venue will move around the
country so different people will have an opportunity to be involved in
discussions. Please let Cath know if you would be interested in
hosting a meeting.
A list of the main issues concerning people at the initial meeting can
be accessed here
Future funding for pupils with medical needs
There is information on the Department for Education website about
funding for our next academic year or you can access it here.
What is most useful to us, is the guidance for local authorities which
goes into a bit more detail. That can be accessed here
The funding group, made up of hospital school leaders and Cath, is
still in discussion with the DfE regarding an appropriate funding
formula but this is still work in progress. My sincere thanks to
all who send me budget sheets – it is not too late to submit any you
Please ensure that your link finance person who submits numbers to the
DfE is aware of your presence (some local authorities did not realise
that home tuition would be classified as ‘hospital education’ so
submitted a nil return last year!) and has accurate details about your
numbers so DfE have accurate information.
Members of NAHHT
met with Charlie
Henry in April 2013 to raise member’s issues regarding expectations
from inspections of our settings. His responses to the points is
outlined in a record of the meeting which can be accessed in the Ofsted
section of the website.
The new framework for school inspection and the subsidiary guidance for
September 2013 is now available. I am pleased to say that some of
the clarifications we asked for in our meeting have appeared in the
subsidiary guidance. You can also access these in the Ofsted
of the website.
Moving to become an Alternative Provision
The first two academies to convert which have included pupils with
medical needs are James Brindley School in Birmingham and The Quay
School in Poole (also provides for pupils who have been excluded) so
the ball has started rolling! I know of quite a few others who
have their ‘order’ so are able to convert.
There is many more helpful documents now available on the DfE website
via this link for those of you moving in this direction. Keep us posted
at NAHHT about your experiences so we can share.
Organisation for PRUs and Alternative Providers in England and Wales
Provide support, advice and signposting for teachers, leaders and all
staff in PRUs and registered alternative provision settings
Copies of the presentations and a
summary of our annual conferences are available to read and
download on our Conference page.
HOPE (Hospital Organisation of
Pedagogues in Europe) website has had a makeover. HOPE is an
international NGO which brings together teachers working with Children
and young people with medical needs all over Europe.