Our Hospital Room
‘To provide access to appropriate education for all children and young people with medical needs, keeping education alive in the student’s life, maintaining progress and enabling them to achieve their potential whilst in the hospital.’
Education has been provided for people in the Royal Stoke University Hospital for a number of years through Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Pupil Referral Service (Merit). The purpose built classroom within the children’s ward opened in March 2012.
The hospital teacher is Donna Mitchell, a fully qualified teacher with both Primary and Secondary experience. Donna is suppported by two talented and experienced support teachers Julie Warrington and Dawn Keates. In addition the teaching staff work closely with the play therapists and play assistants who can also provide additional support when appropriate.
Who is it for?
Hospital teaching is provided for children who are:
- Long-stay patients
- Frequently recurring patients
- Short stay patients who are taking statutory tests or examinations
The classroom is open daily (term time only) and is well-equipped; providing tuition for students between the ages of 4-16 years. Wherever possible, children will be encouraged to attend the classroom. However, children who are immobile or vulnerable to infection can be taught at the bedside.
Why is it provided?
It is important that children in hospital keep up with the work of their peers wherever possible. This helps to provide the reassurance of familiar activities at what can be a very stressful time in a child’s life.
All school aged children at the Royal Stoke University Hospital who attend the hospital classroom, will access a broad and balanced curriculum within the framework and strategies of the National Curriculum. The core subjects of English, Maths and Science are taught at an appropriate level for each child. We also recognise the therapeutic value of play and work closely with the play therapists. Every attempt is made to ensure that learning is engaging and enjoyable. In addition, children will have access to technology such as laptops, iPads and an interactive whiteboard in order to enhance their learning experience.
Teaching is focused on the core curriculum with additional cross-curricular topic work. For children who are in hospital for longer periods of time, the teacher will liaise with the child’s own school in order to try and personalise their learning and limit disruption to their education.