However, home tuition is not a substitute for school attendance and will not normally be provided if a child has been excluded or has general attendance problems. Home tuition is only considered after a child has been absent for six weeks from school. During these first six weeks, the school is expected to provide work for the child to do at home. A pupil who is unable to attend school for medical reasons should not be removed from the school register without parental consent, even for long periods of ill health, unless the Designated Medical Officer has certified otherwise.
(1) Is my child entitled to home tuition?
Home tuition is provided in Brighton and Hove for children whose placement in school or tutorial unit is either inappropriate or impossible by reason of exceptional circumstances. These circumstances include pupils with medical reasons or illness, including mental health problems, which prevent them from attending school.
Pregnant school girls will be provided with home tuition for approximately half a term before the birth of the baby and up to half a term after. At the end of this period, it is hoped that the pupil will be ready to return to school on a full-time basis or on a reduced timetable. Support and advice from the Teenage Pregnancy Integration Officer will be provided.
This document does not provide information where parents choose to educate their children at home instead of school.
(2) Who will teach our child?
We have a team of qualified experienced tutors. All tutors have undertaken the relevant police (Criminal Records Bureau), health and reference checks. When tuition has been agreed for a pupil, an appropriate tutor will be contacted.
Some pupils will require specialised teacher input, for example, those who have special educational needs, sensory impairments or who experience behavioural or communication difficulties. Special consideration will need to be given to pupils with degenerative medical conditions to ensure a rapid response and provision of appropriate support.
Good liaison between school, parents and home tutor is essential in order to minimise disruption caused by illness to the child’s education. Parents play a crucial role, as does the child or young person, who has a right to be involved in the decision making process and of exercising choice.
(3) What subjects will our child be taught?
The tutor will be given background information regarding your child and will make contact with the school to liaise on the curriculum that needs to be followed, as well as details of your child’s academic history at school.
While most students benefit from individual tuition and progress rapidly, some children whose progress is affected by their medical condition may experience some difficulties keeping up with the class. Tutors are experienced in pacing lessons to suit your child’s needs and will amend the educational programme to take account of his/her needs.
(4) Who sets the work for our child?
Your child’s school is responsible for defining the Individual Education Programme (IEP) which will be delivered and marked by home tutors. The school’s discipline and homework policies will apply equally to students at home.
(5) How many hours of tuition will our child receive each week?
Pupils educated at home receive a minimum entitlement of 5 hours teaching per week.
Does tuition take place during school hours?
Parents are obliged, by law, to ensure that their child receives education and are therefore expected to ensure that the student is available for tuition during normal school hours, term time only.
How long will each session last?
This will depend on your child’s individual circumstances and will need to be negotiated between you and the tutor.
Where will the tuition take place?
In normal circumstances, home tuition will take place in the pupil’s home. The tutor will make a preliminary visit to the home, to meet you and make the acquaintance of your child. You should ensure that there is a place where your child and the tutor can work with reasonable freedom from interruption. Tuition will normally only be offered in a child’s bedroom if he/she is confined to bed for valid medical reasons. If, for some reason, the home is unsuitable, arrangements can be made through Pupil Support Services for tuition to be delivered elsewhere.
(6) How do we maintain links with our school?
Home tutors maintain close links with your child’s school through the delivery of the education programme. They will liaise with class teachers and encourage your child to feel that he/she remains a part of the school community. These close links will help when it is time for the pupil to return to school. The school should keep the tutor and parents informed about school social events and, if appropriate, homework clubs, study support and other activities.
Will our child be able to access public examinations?
The school will make all the necessary arrangements and identify any specialised support that may be required. Any coursework will play an important part in helping your child keep up with his/her peers in school.
(7) How do we cancel tuition?
A teaching session may only be cancelled if your child is ill, has a medical appointment or other valid reason. You should advise the tutor as early as possible of any planned absence. Attendance and co-operation are closely monitored by Pupil Support Services. Persistent unavailability or lateness of the pupil, without good reason, may necessitate review of the home tuition package.
Will we have to sign the tutor’s claim forms?
A parent or supervising adult will be asked to sign the tutor’s timesheet which will show the number of hours’ home tuition that has been given.
If a parent cancels a home tuition session and gives less than 24 hours’ notice, then full payment will be made to the tutor, with the relevant hours being shown on the time sheet. However, this should only occur in exceptional circumstances, as it is hoped that parents will advise tutors as early as possible on any planned absence.
(8) Do we receive updated information about our child’s progress?
Education plans are reviewed at the end of each term and tutors submit written reports every half-term. A copy of this report will be sent to the school. Tuition may be withdrawn if a pupil fails to attend or make themselves available for tuition without valid reason.
Do we need to be present during tuition?
Tuition will not take place unless a responsible adult is in attendance. Parents are responsible for making arrangements for supervision. It is not necessary for the supervising adult to be in the same room as teacher and pupil, but it is necessary to be within calling distance. The supervising adult should not leave the home during a teaching session.
(9) Can the tutor organise outside educational trips?
Tutors should not transport or take pupils out alone without the explicit consent of the parent/carer. Careful consideration will need to be given to the nature and duration of planned activities, with due regard for a pupil’s medical condition. Tutors must also seek written permission from those with parental responsibility before embarking on an educational visit and are responsible for ensuring that a consent form has been completed prior to the visit.
When does our child return to school?
Reintegration may be gradual at first. Home tuition will be phased out when full school attendance is established.
Who can answer our queries about home tuition?
For further information, please contact the Resource and Administration Assistant, Pupil Support Services, Educational Services, King’s House, Grand Avenue