Riverdale Grange prides itself on the good level of provision available to enable adolescent patients to continue with their education whilst in in-patient care.
Specialist teaching staff are available to support the GCSE core of English, Mathematics and the Sciences, and Post-16 students are facilitated with their independent learning. Riverdale classroom staff offer all students regular tutorials and support contact with their home schools / colleges (which can include access to online learning platforms and, where required and appropriate, meetings / tuition via Microsoft Teams). We maintain regular contact with each young person’s home school or college in order to best prioritise curriculum coverage according to the individual’s clinical presentation, own study opportunities and assessment requirements. We are supported in this via professional membership (National Association of Hospital Education), and our links to outstanding local secondary schools.
To further meet individual needs, classroom staff liaise closely with the clinical team, parents and carers, and relevant outside agencies such that every young person in Riverdale’s care is given a robust support system through shared information and expertise.
A detailed School Transition Pathway is devised as soon as a young person in education is admitted to Riverdale starting with a personalised timetable of integration to the classroom and working towards a supported reintegration to their mainstream educational setting. We can also facilitate home schools and colleges with devising appropriate Individual Education Plans to meet the young person’s entitlement to SEN status on medical grounds.