The education of pupils with medical needs is a partnership. It is essential that health and other agencies work closely together to provide the support to enable a pupil with medical needs to receive appropriate education.
Guidance ‘Access to Education for Children and Young People with Medical Needs’
We follow the above Guidance, believing that this does indeed engender a unified and positive support base for each young person in the Unit. We work closely with all the agencies involved in a young person’s life. This can include: CAFS (Child, Adolescent & Family Service), Social Services, ASSIST, Connexions, GP & and other health professionals, Educational Welfare Advisor, Educational Psychologist, school nurse and sixth form college learning support teams.
We organise and attend multi-agency meetings on a regular basis to review the progress of each pupil and ensure they are receiving the best support possible.
The MNU’s Lead Teacher records and passes on Pupil Notes to appropriate CAFS professionals to update them on a pupil’s mental health and well-being.
Prior to leaving the MNU each pupil and their parents are part of a meeting with Unit staff, Connexions, Sixth Form College and all relevant health professionals to discuss their needs before moving on. Based on information gathered at this meeting a Transition Plan is completed and recommendations put in place to facilitate a smooth transition into post 16 education or training.
We realise the importance of working closely with parents and strive to include them in discussions and planning. We are in frequent telephone contact and encourage feedback. Every pupil receives a formal end of year report but we also update parents on both concerns and progress on an ongoing basis.