EOTAS provides or facilitates alternative education for pupils who are unable to attend school as a result of permanent exclusion or for health and medical reasons
is part of the Inclusion Team and provides for learners who are of statutory school age who have been permanently excluded from school, including:
- statutory requirements of the permanent exclusion process whereby the local authority has a responsibility to arrange full-time education for permanently excluded learners which should be in place no later than the 6th day after the first day of the exclusion. Schools are required to notify the local authority of a permanent exclusion on that first day.
- management of a fair access protocol through the Pupil Placement Panel;
- quality assurance of alternative providers on the Northumberland County Council Alternative Provision Framework;
- advice and guidance on inclusive practice.
on the Northumberland framework are quality assured through contract compliance, school improvement partners and the Inclusiont eam.
The Council's framework is intended to meet the needs of pupils of statutory school age who are:
- permanently excluded from school;
- who have been excluded from school on a fixed term basis;
- at risk of disengaging from mainstream education;
- who require additional support during a negotiated transfer between mainstream schools;
- who may need alternative provision to meet their entitlement to full time education.
For support and guidance regarding alternative provision please telephone 01670 624183 or 01670 624187, or e-mail us at Alternative.Provision@northumberland.gov.uk
EOTAS Wellbeing provides for learners who are of statutory school age but who are unable to attend school full time due to health and medical needs.
Medical needs: referrals are usually made by Education Welfare Officers or school pastoral managers/heads of year with confirmation in writing from a medical professional (usually a consultant rather than a GP) that the learner is unable to attend school because of their medical condition.
Mental health needs: referrals are usually made by Education Welfare Officers or school pastoral managers/heads of year with confirmation in writing from a mental health professional that the learner is unable to attend school because of their mental health condition.
Get in touch
For advice or guidance if a pupil has been excluded from school or is at risk of being excluded from school, please telephone 01670 624183 or 01670 624187.
For advice or guidance if a pupil is physically or mentally ill, please telephone 01670 622720.