Education staff at King’s Mill Hospital to be relocated

COUNCIL chiefs say that the education of poorly youngsters will not be affected by plans to relocate hospital teaching staff to local learning centres.

Concerns had been raised with Chad that the teaching of children who have been admitted to Kings Mill Hospital’s children’s ward was being cut by Nottinghamshire County Council.

But the council insists the service is not being cut - with teaching staff currently based in hospitals instead moving to their local learning centre and being deployed to each hospital when needed.

The move is down to ‘insufficient demand’ for staff to be permanently based on the ward.

Geoff Read, the council’s behaviour and attendance group manager, said: “I must stress that this will have no impact on the standard of education provided to young people in hospitals across Nottinghamshire.

“The council has a statutory responsibility to make provision for young people who have been in hospital for more than three days or who frequently return to hospital with chronic illnesses, and this cannot be changed.

“We are currently reviewing our individualised education provision across the county and this includes King’s Mill and Bassetlaw hospitals.

“A consultation is currently in progress which proposes to devolve more resources to schools for aspects of individualised provision, such as home education, but this does not include provision for young people whilst in hospital.”