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Devon County Council has an Education for Children with Medical Needs policy which describes statutory responsibilities in assessing the needs of children who are unable to attend school and making suitable provision to address those needs. We will work closely with medical professionals and the child’s family, and consider the medical evidence from both Clinical Consultants and General Practitioners (GPs).
“LAs are responsible for arranging suitable full-time education for children of compulsory school age who, because of illness, would not receive suitable education without such provision. This applies whether or not the child is on the roll of a school and whatever the type of school they attend. It applies to children who are pupils in Academies, Free Schools, special schools and independent schools as well as those in maintained schools.
“suitable” means suitable to the child’s age, aptitude, ability and any special educational needs that he or she may have.
“full time” – unless the local authority considers that a pupil’s condition means that full-time provision would not be in his or her best interests.
The use of electronic media – such as ‘virtual classrooms’, learning platforms and so on – can provide access to a broader curriculum.”
- Post-16 Distance Learning Offer for Young People with Medical Conditions
Marc Kastner is Devon’s officer responsible for the education of children with additional health needs.
Dr Laraine Dibble is the Designated Medical Officer for South Devon and Torbay CCG.
Dr Jane Dunlop is the Designated Medical Officer for NEW Devon CCG.
- SEND Local Offer webpage – Health
- DfE Guidance on Supporting pupils with medical conditions
- Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs Policy May 2016
- Part time school timetable guidance – to be reviewed winter 2018
Updated December 2018