Provision at Nottingham Children’s Hospital School

Children and young people may move between pathways depending on their needs at any one time.

Readiness to Learn Pathway 

Often an initial curriculum approach for many pupils.

This approach is ideal for those pupils who may not yet be ‘ready’ (physically/emotionally/mentally) to participate in a formal, academic curriculum approach.

Teachers will focus on relationship-building, engagement activities that develop security in learning and the learning environment.  Learning may be planned around pupils preferred subjects, areas of interest or in developing life skills. 

Home School Liaison Pathway

This pathway particularly suits pupils who are ready to participate in a more formal curriculum, involving age/stage appropriate learning and who are likely to transition quickly or regularly between their own school and Hospital School. Hospital School staff will establish positive and effective liaison links with the pupil’s own school.

Teachers will focus on learning activities based upon the curriculum of the pupil’s own school and the teaching will be personalised to the needs of the individual.

Alternative Individualised Pathway

For some pupils, neither of the above pathways is appropriate. They may not be ‘ready’ to participate in age/stage appropriate learning as they may for example – have been out of education for some time or are likely to be with HHELC for an extended period and their own school curriculum may not be appropriate to their current emotional or educational needs.

Teachers will focus on planning an individualised approach using, for example: an area of interest or themes based on a text, as a vehicle for cross curricular engagement and learning.


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