July 19, 2022, Bath Echo: New contract awarded to support children who can’t attend school https://www.bathecho.co.uk/news/education/contract-awarded-support-children-attend-school-98962/
SW England Youngsters in Bath who cannot attend school due to their health needs will be able to access specialist educational support thanks to the awarding of a new contract by B&NES Council.
The Partnership Trust will manage the B&NES Hospital Educational Reintegration Service (HERS) from September.
Specialist staff within the service help prevent students with health needs from slipping behind their classmates and support them to reintegrate successfully back into school as soon as possible and gain their qualifications.
The service also supports the social and emotional needs of pupils.
Following a competitive tendering process, Bath & North East Somerset Council awarded the Trust, which runs a number of schools across the district, a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further two years.
Councillor Dine Romero, cabinet member for Children and Young People, and Communities said: “It’s vital that children who are unable to attend school due to a health condition are supported in their studies to thrive and reach their potential.
“By providing individually focussed teaching and working closely with the home school, family and other relevant stakeholders the HERS service aims to ensure pupils don’t fall behind and are able to successfully return to the classroom as soon as they are well enough.
“The Partnership Trust has a strong record of improving outcomes for young people and manages a diverse family of schools including city schools, small rural schools and Special Schools….
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