Is your child’s illness affecting their education?

Did you catch our post last month about children struggling at school? If so, you’ll know that education isn’t always straightforward.

Sometimes an unexpected situation happens – throwing families into chaos. A child’s illness, for instance, can be so debilitating.

So when parents approach us asking for help with their ill child, it isn’t just academic support we offer, but reassurance and care.

Being off school isn’t all doom and gloom

Being off school for a period of time because of ME or Anorexia, for example, can be tough on children. Firstly, they often panic at being behind in their studies. Secondly, because recovery and rehabilitation might be slow, they often feel stressed about whether they’ll be able to take their GCSEs or A Levels.

Though it’s natural to worry, the good news is that there is help out there if your child is going through this. Here are a couple of suggestions to steer you in the right direction.

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1. Check out your school and local authority’s legal requirements. This link is useful: https://www.gov.uk/illness-child-education

2. Contact your local authority if your child will be off school for a while. But don’t expect to get help instantly. Keep contacting them if you don’t hear back. Stick with it until you can discuss practical help.

Whatever you do, don’t panic. There are options open to you; you’re not alone! Look out for our next post for more home schooling advice.

In the meantime, if your child has fallen behind in his or studies due to illness, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our caring tutors across Cheshire and Manchester will do everything they can to help you get back on track.

 

 

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