Northamptonshire Hospital and Outreach Education (NHOE) is an Alternative Provision Academy and is part of The Skylark Partnership. NHOE provides educational support for children and young people with complex medical and/or mental health needs that prevent them from attending school full-time. It covers the whole of Northamptonshire and is organised structurally into three areas that cover the North and South of the county, and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) units respectively.
There are two teaching provisions at Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals and at three, Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) Units in Northampton. There are also two outreach teaching bases - one 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 CAMHS units, depending on their state of their health and the severity of their condition. No charge is made to schools for this service.
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 NHOE team. Requests need to be accompanied by medical evidence from a suitably qualified medical professional.
Advice and Guidance
NHOE advise professionals to phone and discuss any referrals they are considering. It may be that NHOE can provide them with appropriate advice and guidance to support the child or young person to remain in school.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can Parents Refer to NHOE?
No, referrals are taken from schools and must be supported by medical evidence from a suitably qualified medical professional.
Is Medical Evidence Required for a Referral to NHOE?
How long can a pupil remain with NHOE?
NHOE education support is not long-term. The time spent at NHOE depends on the impact of the medical condition and advice from the medical practitioner.
Does NHOE 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.
Does NHOE Take Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEND)?
Yes - the admission criteria are the same, regardless of the needs of the pupil.
Does NHOE 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 the NHOE 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.