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Medical Needs Teaching Service

Queenswood Education Centre 

Queenswood Education Centre is the administrative hub for the Medical Needs Teaching Service (MNTS).

It is also a teaching base for young people in Years 10 and 11 who cannot currently access their on roll (home) school because of a medical or mental health need.

The staff team includes core subject teachers (English, Maths and Science) and specialist support staff.

When pupils start at Queenswood, our Engagement and Transition Officers (ETOs) will liaise with the home school, health colleagues and parents/carers. The pupil and family will be invited to visit Queenswood to look around the Centre and to meet staff.

The ETOs will then timetable a session with the young person to do icebreaker/induction activities which are usually based on the young person’s interests. They will also work with the young person on creating a pupil passport. This is then is shared with teaching staff so as teachers know important things about a new young person.

Young people will then be allocated curriculum assessment sessions with teachers before being assigned to a particular pathway.

An Initial Planning Meeting is held with the family and professionals and the young person (if they wish to attend) where discussions are had, actions are agreed and a plan is put together to move forward.

Parents and carers will be asked to read and sign paperwork about attendance requirements, contact arrangements and directed to important policies such as Safeguarding, Attendance, Behaviour for Learning on the website.

Young people are asked to read and sign the Pupil Conduct Agreement.

Home schools are asked to complete that Home School/Queenswood Agreement which sets out roles and responsibilities during the period of intervention by MNTS for their pupil. This is because young people remain on their home school roll even though they may not be attending. Queenswood is not a school and thus cannot have pupils on our roll or enter pupils for exams.

Young people are accepted for support from our service for an assessment period of 4 weeks – this is not about academic assessment, it is checking if the young person is education ready and willing to attend sessions and engage with teaching and learning.

We offer a Morning Pathway (10/15 hours per week) for young people who are able to work in a classroom with a group of other young people. The pupil does not need to worry about gaps in their learning – we have skilled and experienced teachers who will ensure that they get it right for every young person in the classroom.

Pupils would not be asked to do classwork in groups, or read aloud or answer questions unless they are comfortable doing so.

We also offer an Afternoon Pathway (up to 6 hours per week) when the Centre is quieter. The pupil may be working on their own work from school guided and supervised by a teacher or be taught directly alongside a small number of other pupils.

Pupils can move from one pathway to another if needed.

Our Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) can also support young people if they are accessing additional subjects through their home school (eg Health and Social Care, History GCSE). They will help pupils complete the work set by school and liaise with the subject teacher at school.

Support colleagues will offer Wellbeing/Art/Outdoor Learning to some pupils if appropriate.

Each young person has a Personalised Education Plan detailing the curriculum offer, progress made and next steps. This is a key document for communicating between Queenswood teachers, home school teachers and parents/carers. 

As the young person settles into Queenswood, they are allocated a case manager who will become the key contact for parents and school and who will host a multi agency review on a termly basis.

Many young people transition onto their post 16 provision, a new school or reintegrate back into their own school. The Engagement and Transition staff support this process.

Some pupils can travel independently to Queenswood, some are brought by parents or carers, some travel in taxis provided by the Local Authority.

We aim to provide a safe and nurturing environment where our pupils feel comfortable enough to learn and make progress during the time that they are too unwell to go to their home school. We know from experience that this forms the basis of being successful in a pupil’s next steps whether that is College, an Apprenticeship or 6th Form.