Children with health needs who cannot attend school: model policy review
See what your school leaders should include in this policy and what questions you can ask them, so you can review it confidently. Take a look at our model policy and some examples to get an idea of what yours might look like.
What this policy needs to do
It should reflect:
- The Education Act 1996
- The DfE’s statutory guidance for local authorities (LAs)
- Your own LA's guidance on education for children with additional health needs
It's not your job to cross-reference your policy with this guidance, but you should expect your school leaders to have done so.
While there are no requirements in terms of what this policy should include, you'll want to make sure it sets out:
- The school’s responsibilities
- The LA’s responsibilities
- How the school will work with the LA, including when the pupil is to be reintegrated
What sort of arrangements the school can make, and how it'll consult parents and pupils about these How the school will reintegrate pupils back into school How and when the LA would take over responsibility, including how many days the child would need to be absent from school, and the process for referring