Guidance on education of children unable to attend school due to ill health

Date: 10th September 2015
Category: Health and health services

What happens to a child or young person's education when they are too ill to go to school? In June 2015, the Scottish Government published the revised guidance which aims to ensure that every child and young person's legal right to education is upheld, even at times of illness.

When a child or young person cannot go to school because of an illness:

- If they are ill in hospital, they may get support from a hospital teacher.
- If they are ill at home, they may get home tuition.
- If they have a long term health condition and miss school quite often, they may get extra teaching support.

Article 7 of the EACH charter states that children shall have full opportunity for play, recreation and education suited to their age and condition.

"An important part of our approach is the recognition that all children and young people are individuals and that their learning is personalised. To enable them to reach their full potential some pupils need additional support." Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's languages

The Guidance sets out the legislative and policy context and describes the responsibilities of local authorities, schools, parents, carers and other services. It also lists useful organisations and resources.

Action for Sick Children Scotland is one of the stakeholders who worked in partnership with the Scottish Government and other organisations to develop this new Guidance.

The next step is for teachers, parents and carers to know about the Guidance and for it to be implemented without delay.