We are commissioned by Wigan Council to provide educational input for learners across the borough who are not in school due to medical reasons. These learners have access to a full-time offer but the actual hours of learning is always determined by the health/’wellness’ of the learner so may vary from week to week depending on medical advice.
Learners are dual registered with their mainstream school and we work closely with the learners, their families, schools and other agencies to ensure smooth and effective transition back into mainstream education as health improves. To support this part of the weekly timetable is set aside for learners to "keep in touch" with their mainstream school so that they maintain relationships with staff and friends.
We offer a blended approach to tuition depending on the needs of the individual which may include individual teaching, live online lessons, tutor sessions/support in their mainstream school, as well as teaching onsite at Hindley Campus for secondary age learners.
In-patient Medical Needs
We also provide online learning material for learners who are in-patients on Rainbow Ward at RAEI. Patients are able to access our online learning resources supported by ward staff. We also attend the ward each afternoon during term time to deliver lessons to those children who are fit enough to attend.
Whilst these learners have access to a full-time offer, the actual hours of learning is always determined by the health of the learner and may vary from day to day depending on medical advice and so is determined by ward staff.
Medical Needs Outreach
Some medical needs referrals are for short term support/intervention whilst the learner either recovers from hospital treatment or is reintegrated back into school following periods of absence due to physical/mental health issues. These learners receive up to six weeks support. This is usually a combination of direct teaching to help the learner complete work set by their mainstream school and access to online lessons. The timetable is negotiated to meet the needs on a case by case basis.
Learners who are supported to attend their mainstream school follow the curriculum and exam courses of that provision.