Welcome to the KHNES Website

Welcome to the Kent Health Needs Education Service website. Please feel free to use this website to find out all about our service, if you have any feedback please use the Contact Us page.

Guidance for Health Conditions

If you would like some Guidance on how to support students with health conditions click here.

Staying Safe Online Pupils


Staying Safe Online Pupils

Staying Safe Online Parents


Staying Safe Online Parents

KHNES: September Operations Update

This website and the majority of the content is currently under review, although this front page and all contacts are fully up to date.

As of the 3rd September 2020, KHNES operations have resumed. As such we are accepting referrals once again although we now operate through 3 hubs and an inpatient unit, with an extended online learning provision rather than Tuition: To see information on our current offer please follow this link

Advice for management of young people with common conditions link

To report absence please follow the link to the appropriate Hub/Online Provider in the “Contact Us” menu.

Covid 19 and its impact on our Operations:

We have made every attempt to react proactively to the Government’s advice on opening safely. To view or most recently updated risk assessment please follow this link.

During the Coronavirus Period we have made the following arrangements in the case of possible further restrictions link. Help and guidance around deciding whether your child should attend the hub if ill link

Referrals Update from 3rd September 2020

Most recent referral form: follow this link

To contact the referral manager email referrals@khnes.kent.sch.uk

·         At KHNES we are committed to working  with mainstream settings to support pupils with health conditions.

·         If you would like any advice we are happy to provide this, please also see our information pages for further guidance and recommendations for other support contacts and strategies.

·         Referrals to KHNES should not be made if the reason for the referral only relates to pupils that are required to shield due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

·         The purpose of our provision is to provide an alternative where pupils would not receive a suitable education in a mainstream school due to their health needs.

·         Shielding does not constitute a health need in itself; as in normal circumstances the condition does not prevent the child from accessing their current provision.

·         For any young people who may have been traumatised by the pandemic, or who are suffering from increased anxiety, additional mental health resources can be found on Kelsi and our information pages on the website.

·         Where appropriate, referrals should still be made to children’s and young people’s mental health services through the single point of access. Where these services are involved with ongoing therapeutic input a referral to KHNES could then be beneficial. If you are in any doubt please contact us. If there are other factors involved with regards to the individual that are specific to physical and or mental health then please contact our referrals manager in the first instance.

 Welcome to KHNES

For those pupils too unwell to attend school, the key to successfully maintaining continuity of education is for the local authority and schools to have clear strategies and timely support available.

It is recognised nationally in Statutory Guidance that pupils who continue in education during their illness and recuperation are likely to recover more quickly with the minimum possible adverse effect on their educational and life outcomes.

The service was restructured during 2014-2015 and in September 2015 was launched as The Kent Health Needs Education Service (KHNES).

This service operates from 1 residential unit (Oakfields) and from 3 hubs. Advice and guidance is provided to services on working with pupils with mental health and physical health needs. Pupils are supported with their education in one of the specialist hubs either full or part time. These are short term placements, typically no more than 8- 12 weeks and are provided as part of a supported reintegration programme. 

The purpose and ethos of the Kent Health Needs Education Service can be summarised in one very simple statement:

Ensuring continuity of education, through inclusion and support.

The following also capture our purpose and ethos:

‘Every morning someone entrusts the most valuable thing in their life to us’

‘If it wouldn’t be good enough for our own children then it isn’t good enough’ 

‘Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do’