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Robots Could Attend Schools in North Yorkshire

Robots Could Attend Schools in North Yorkshire

Published by Jon Burke at 7:01am 3rd October 2019. (Updated at 1:42pm 3rd October 2019)

A public consultation is underway on proposals to increase the education provided to children and young people in North Yorkshire, who can't attend school because of medical needs.

The County Council is reviewing its medical education service with the aim of ensuring equality across the county for all children and young people absent from school for medical reasons, whether that's their physical or mental health.

One idea is for robots to attend school in place of the absent student, who interacts through the machine in class and with school friends.

The proposals offer an increased range of options, including digital solutions, personal home tuition and group education, which is currently available only to secondary school pupils. This would enable a flexible, bespoke package to be created for each child. Regular meetings with pupils, their families, health professionals and schools would ensure a pupil and family-centred approach that reflected the child's needs. 

Executive Member for Education and Skills, Cllr Patrick Mulligan, said:

"The proposals on which we are consulting aim to provide joined-up solutions to minimise disruption to a child's education and to enable the earliest possible return to school for many pupils. They would see more involvement of health professionals and schools to create more bespoke options depending on the need of the child or young person."

The proposed service would also be available to children with special educational needs and disabilities that have an additional medical need and that attend special schools, are in post-16 education or are in education with an education, health and care plan up to the age of 25.

Cllr Mulligan added:

"These proposals are about strengthening our provision and our accountability in ensuring pupils' needs are met. They set out to improve the range of the education and the number of hours on offer to young people requiring medical tuition, with the aim of reducing the time missed through absence from school."

Currently, provision is delivered through enhanced mainstream schools and pupil referral units.

For more information or to take part in the consultation, go to www.northyorks.gov.uk/medicalneedstuition.

The consultation is open until 13 October 2019. 

 

 

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