Kent Health Needs Education Service provides pupils with access to a personalised and bespoke provision which is dependent on their identified needs and ability. The Service caters for pupils across a wide range of age and ability, many of whom are significantly impacted by medical and mental health needs. The curriculum provides the highest quality teaching and learning experience to inspire pupils to re-engage in learning. KHNES maintains the highest expectations for pupils’ achievements and recognising their entitlement to a balanced curriculum.


The curriculum provides the highest quality teaching and learning experience and aims to:

  • Re-engage young people in the value of education and promote high aspirations
  • Ensure young people make and recognise significant academic progress
  • Provide a fully personalised, data driven, individual curriculum plan for every pupil

The curriculum for pupils accessing the provision is individualised and bespoke to their identified needs. It offers wellbeing support and respite as well as teaching core curriculum subjects. Generically, the curriculum time is broken down into 70% core skills, English, Mathematics, Science and IT, as well as additional Literacy and Numeracy programmes and 30% on Enrichment activities of daily living including:

  • PSHE
  • Wellbeing and safety
  • Citizenship
  • Mindfulness – relaxation/ yoga
  • Culture and communication :  PE, arts, humanities, drama, music, languages

Learning schemes are in place for each subject, however KHNES do not teach to a prescribed order within the scheme of work – it simply acts as a template to scaffold the pupils individualised plan which takes account of prior learning.

The schemes are knowledge and skills based and cover age appropriate content taken from the National Curriculum. In Key Stage 4, learning is knowledge based and is designed to support the theory and content of the range of qualification specifications available. It does not, however, teach to a specific qualification board and cover individual coursework requirements.

Young people benefit most from being amongst their peers and studying the full curriculum offered by their home school, therefore it is always the intention to support the young person with their re-integration into their home school. In cases where a year 11 pupil is unable to be re-integrated back into their school within the expected time frame, additional curriculum delivery arrangements will be made as part of the young person’s individual support plan.