Introduction to Home & Hospital Tuition

 

Home Tuition at Shepwell School, values the whole child approach.  As well as teaching each and every pupil, we also support their social and emotional needs through what may be a more challenging time when they feel more vulnerable.  We provide that much needed link between home and school and that stepping stone back to their mainstream setting.  The need to liaise with a variety of services and agencies is also important in order to help transition the pupil back to their mainstream school.  We also attend professional meetings and support the EHCP process when pupil’s require wider ranging or a different type of provision to help their educational needs.  Staff at Shepwell School provide each student with engaging and interactive lessons while also maintaining a link with their school curriculum.

Hospital Teaching is completely different to any other type of teaching you will encounter.  The pupils we teach at the Manor Hospital in Walsall vary in age from 4 to 16 and are generally short stay with many of them there for only one or two days.  The intent of the staff at Shepwell School is to provide them with rich learning experiences while also considering both their health and mental wellbeing.  We aim to engage and inspire each pupil using a variety of strategies and resources.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions our Home Tuition Service is operating remotely. Despite the challenges the pandemic has presented us, we are still offering the same high quality education for the most vulnerable children across the Walsall Borough.

Our Home Tuition staff are highly experienced in working with children who are vulnerable due to their medical needs. The service prides itself on a child centred approach, which ensures that they are offered a personalised education package supported by their mainstream/home school.

Our relationships with our mainstream counterparts is vital to the success of the service and the education we provide young people whilst they are in our care. This can be a short term placement or long term depending on the individual case. Referrals to the service are reviewed on a case by case basis, dependent on capacity and medical need.

We always endeavour to begin teaching a pupil as soon as possible, capacity allowing, once the referral has been accepted.  An initial meeting and first assessment are carried out our team to get to know the child and meet the parents/carers. Home Tuition provides 1:1 learning for pupils from EYFS to KS4.  Most lessons are usually between 60 to 90 minutes dependent on the age and needs of the pupil.

 

Where necessary, we can work with families, schools and external agencies to support in the transition of pupils back into school

The pupils we teach at the Manor Hospital in Walsall vary in age from 4 to 16 and are generally short stay with many of them there for only one or two days.  The intent of the staff at Shepwell School is to provide them with rich learning experiences while also considering both their health and mental wellbeing.  We aim to engage and inspire each pupil using a variety of strategies and resources.

Teaching is 1:1 and usually at the bedside with the parents often actively taking part.  As skilled teachers, we are able to assess the needs of the pupils quickly and identify gaps in learning, thus allowing the pupils to make progress. 

We teach and support pupils with a wide range of abilities from students with profound learning needs to more academically able students.  As a result, our curriculum is flexible in order to meet the wide-ranging needs and education goals of each pupil.

 

Lessons usually last between 20 and 60 minutes, dependent on each pupil and the number of children available for teaching that day.  We also work with students with mental health needs and have received additional resources to be able to support these students effectively.