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Home tuition for student who has frequent short absences

Home tuition for student who has frequent short absences

Can home tuition happen if the pupil does not have the stated 3 consecutive weeks of absence, but who has frequent short absences due to a chronic illness?

Yes, this needs to be negotiated with the school and LAs have put in support for pupils depending on their needs.

This link may be useful: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/education-for-children-with-health-needs-who-cannot-attend-school

 

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Can children with cystic fibrosis attend the same school?

Can children with cystic fibrosis attend the same school?

Can you tell me if two children with cystic fibrosis can attend the same school?

We would discourage this in a small school as it is very difficult to keep children segregated. However with a larger secondary school it can be managed. Children with cystic fibrosis need to be segregated due to multi resistant bacteria in their lungs which is very contagious. These guidelines are worldwide and supported by CF trust.

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My daughter isn't attending school due to depression and anxiety

My daughter isn't attending school due to depression and anxiety

Hello, I need some advice with regards to my daughter who is 11 years old and isn't attending school at the moment. This is due to her depression and anxiety. She also has a diagnosis of ASD. Is there anything I can do for her while she is at home? Art therapy came to mind. Any advice would be most helpful.

I am sorry that your daughter has become anxious about attending school. I note that she is secondary school age and I wonder if this is a new feeling due to the transfer to a larger school. I presume you have had meetings at school and explored the issues surrounding this anxiety, and looking at the areas of pressure. For example is it maths, PE, a particular teacher or friendship group? An individual timetable to assist her returning may help if she is able to have some choice of subjects to begin with. Whilst your daughter is not attending it is essential that you keep to a timetable, for example still getting up washing and getting dressed ready for the day at 8.00 – have some books that you can read together, and take exercise each day. If you have a computer it should be possible to link into the school web site and educational activities. What unfortunately often happens is that the sleep pattern slips and this causes other complications making it more difficult to return to school. Time watching TV or social media should be kept to the end of what would usually be the school day. Good luck!

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