The Schoolroom is based in the Children's Centre at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and provides education for all children and young people of school age who are admitted to the hospital from day one of admission. It is a light, welcoming, well equipped schoolroom that has access to a secure open play area.
Teaching hours and subjects
GRH Schoolroom core teaching hours are: 9.00-11.30 and 1.00 -3.30pm. A timetable is in place which covers the following subjects and lessons:
- Modern Foreign Languages
- Music Therapy
- Cross-curricular workshop
- DT Nutrition and Food
- Wellbeing curriculum
- Reflection time (with the hospital chaplain)
- Investigation Time sessions.
Additional subjects can be on offer on a 1:1 basis according to the pupils' needs and requirements.
Teaching and examinations
GRH schoolroom staff offer teaching at the bedside as well as in the schoolroom and when appropriate they also lend educational activities and resources to pupils if required (this is not recorded as education on the register).
GCSE examinations can be sat in the schoolroom or the paediatric oncology unit if the pupil is an inpatient over the examination period.
Access to learning
The Schoolroom is totally inclusive and provides personalised educational support for all children medically able to access learning, regardless of their mobility or ability.
Education is tailored to meet the individual needs of all school-aged children and places a high importance on partnership working to ensure the diverse needs of the children and young people are met.
The teaching staff work collaboratively with the parents, home-schools and health professional to ensure the provision meets the pupils' educational, health and emotional well-being needs.
Parents are encouraged to be active participants and are informed regularly of their child's progress.
The school room is a stimulating environment that provides both an academic and enriching curriculum.
The implications of managing an illness or adapting to a change in lifestyle are well documented and GHES has a PMHW (Primary Mental Health Worker) seconded from CYPS (Children and Young People's Services) formerly CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) who provides an excellent provision to support the pupils' emotional and well being needs. There is also a hospital based PMHW.
Some benefits of working with the PMHW include improving a young person's mood, attendance and helping transitions back into school. PMHW support is easily accessed, if requested.
When a child is well enough to leave hospital, but unable to return to school due to their medical needs, a consultant will refer them to the Hospital Education Service Outpatient Team to enable them continue to access education.
Contact the Schoolroom:
- Carmel Herrick (GRH Schoolroom Team Manager)
Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service School Room
The Children's Centre
Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Gloucester. GL1 3NN