Outreach Teaching

Outreach Teaching

The Oxfordshire Hospital School outreach programmes are carefully designed to ensure pupils remain an integral part of their home school.  Our team of teachers and higher level teaching assistants work in collaboration with young people, their families, education, health and social care professionals to create focused, personalised learning programmes.

Who do we support?

Our Outreach Service is for children and young people resident in Oxfordshire who are not able to access their usual school provision because of medical needs, including mental health needs.

How do we support?

We offer the following pathways in order to support Oxfordshire schools:

Assessment Phase

This programme is brokered at referral stage and serves to provide a robust next steps planning report to home schools for more complex cases. The report records views from clinical, care and education teams, and offers opportunity for family and pupil view. Please note we do not offer a medical assessment but aim to draw together the views of professionals, including clinicians, that are already involved with the young person in order form a view on the best way forward to support their education.

Keep Up (and Catch Up)

This programme offers core subject teaching to pupils in order to mitigate any barriers to school attendance arising from absences.


This programme offers pupils and school time bound integration/reintegration support.

Personal Development Curriculum at Hill End

This is a skills based programme delivered against a Forest School backdrop, operating at Hill End.

Professional Pathway & OHS CPD for Oxfordshire Schools

This pathway offers in school professional support and advice around Individual Healthcare Plans and reasonable adjustments home schools can make in order to accommodate students with medical needs. Additionally, opportunities for shared CPD across Oxfordshire Schools are made available through Schools News. There is no pupil facing work delivered through this pathway.

What do we teach?

When a pupil facing pathway is confirmed we can provide teaching from our core curriculum of Maths, English, Science and PSHE. We may be able to facilitate other subjects as necessary.

Our PSHE curriculum is based on the In-Formed programme. In-Formed is a service provided by The Training Effect and funded by Oxfordshire County Council for young people, schools and parents that delivers services related to risk-taking behaviours and adolescent concerns and issues. These are delivered using a life-skills based approach, this means a focus on skills rather than just knowledge.

We teach Key Stages 1 to 4.

Where can we support pupils?

We work in:

  • Pupils’ homes
  • Cafés
  • Libraries
  • Home schools
  • Hill End Outdoor Education Centre
  • Other partner agencies e.g. Synolos

How do we support reintegration?

We work closely with home schools, young people and their families to create bespoke reintegration plans that follow medical advice and meet the needs of each individual pupil.

We may start working in home school from the start or we may begin in the home or community before progressing to 1:1 teaching in school then supporting the young person in their regular classes.

Typical steps in reintegration plans:

  • Getting to know one member of staff in the pupil’s home
  • Receiving 1:1 teaching in the home
  • Receiving 1:1 teaching in a cafe or library
  • Walking from the home in the direction of school and increasing the distance walked over a period of time
  • Meeting other young people at the Hill End Outdoor Education Centre
  • Receiving 1:1 teaching in a room at school during a quiet time of the day e.g. after the end of the school day
  • Receiving 1:1 teaching in a room at school and meeting a friend
  • Joining a small class at school with support
  • Returning to school on a reduced timetable

The aim is always to return the pupil to their home school but we recognise this can take some time and is different for each young person.