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 6 hubs. Each hub has specialist staff including a mental health nurse. 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- 10 weeks and are provided as part of a supported reintegration programme. Access to the E-learning platform and tuition in the service setting is also possible.
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’