Hospital and Outreach Education - School

Type of service:
Schools And Education Providers
Delapre Learning Centre, Alton Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN4 8EN
Telephone number:
01604 662250
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Service description:

Hospital and Outreach Education (HOE) is a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) providing educational support for children and young people with complex medical and/or mental health needs which prevent them from attending school full time. It covers the whole of Northamptonshire and is organised structurally into two 'mini teams' which cover the north and south of the county respectively.

There are two teaching provisions at Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals and at two in-patient tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health (C.A.M.H.S.) units in Northampton. There are also two outreach teaching bases in Kettering and one in Northampton.

Hospitals and Inpatient Stays

Teaching will automatically be provided to children and young people resident in the general hospitals or C.A.M.H.S units, depending on their state of health and severity of condition. No charge is made to schools for this service.

Outreach Teaching

If a child or young person is not attending school due to a complex medical or mental health condition, schools may want to consider a referral to HOE. Please note: only schools can make a request for involvement of the HOE team. Requests need to be accompanied by medical evidence from a suitably qualified medical professional.

Advice and Guidance

HOE advise professionals to phone and discuss any referrals they are considering. It may be that HOE can provide them with appropriate advice and guidance to support the child or young person to remain in school.


Can parents refer to Hospital and Outreach Education?

No, referrals are taken from schools and must be supported by medical evidence from a health practitioner.

Is medical evidence required for a referral to Hospital and Outreach Education?


How long can a pupil remain with Hospital and Outreach Education?

HOE education support is not long-term. The time spent at HOE depends on the impact of the medical condition and advice from the medical practitioner.

Does HOE always aim to reintegrate pupils back to their home school?

All our pupils must have an intention to return to school or to transition to another placement and this is discussed at the set-up meeting. HOE is not a long-term alternative to mainstream education.

Do HOE take pupils with special educational needs?

The admission criteria are the same, regardless of the needs of the pupil - complex medical or mental health needs.

Does HOE offer home teaching?

Only if a child/young person has medical evidence to say they cannot leave the house. It is much better for children/young people to be taught in small groups at our outreach centres or back in school.

Will a pupil transfer from their school roll to HOE roll once a referral has been accepted?

No, the pupil then becomes dual registered, so both HOE and the school can work together to provide the appropriate educational support.

Supporting students with medical needs in school

There is guidance for school

Nasen guide to Children with Medical Needs - what schools and setting need to know Supporting pupils with medical conditions in school - Dept for Education guidance

See the team website for more information about the AV1 project: Telepresence robot

Schools are charged for outreach teaching, but there is no charge for teaching in hospital.
Age range:
4 years - 18 years
Additional information:
SENCo: Chris Woods (
Eligibility criteria:
  • Age - School (5-18)
  • Diagnosis
  • Health
  • Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET)
  • SEND descriptors
Referral route:
  • G.P or health referral
  • School referral
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