Our Flexi-schooling statment
Orford CEVA Primary School
Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much. Luke 16v10
Approved by: Full governing body
Date: March 2021
Last reviewed on:
Next review due by:
This statement has been developed to assist the Executive Head teacher and governing body to manage requests for flexible schooling at Orford CEVAP. As an inclusive school, we wish to create a culture where all are supported to achieve their best. We believe in the principle that children should be educated in school on a full time basis. We understand that some parents may have specific reasons - including the fact that pupils may have additional needs, which mean they may request a place on a flexi-school basis. It is also recognised that parents have a right to elect for ‘education other than at school’ and can withdraw their children from formal schooling in order to educate them at home. It must also be recognised that in a small school flexible schooling can significantly affect how the school performs and affects the attendance figure the school achieves.
The governing body aims to:
- Maintain high levels of attendance and encourage full time formal education;
- Minimise disruption to the education of all pupils;
- Support inclusive practices, making reasonable adjustments, in particular for pupils with additional needs;
- Consider any application for flexible schooling on a case by case basis;
- Create a positive culture which supports the health, safety and wellbeing of staff and pupils
- Aim to gradually increase time in school to a full time commitment
The school’s aims and ethos are published on the websites and are considered carefully during the consideration of an application.
Roles and responsibilities
As maintained schools, admissions are dealt with centrally by Suffolk, and a school place is offered on a full time basis. Requests for flexible schooling are to be made to the Executive Headteacher, who will decide on a case by case basis whether such an application is accepted. Ideally this request will be discussed before a school place is applied for or offered.
- There is no automatic right to flexi-schooling; each case will be looked at on an individual basis, considering such things as whether there is room in the year group, and whether the child is likely to make the transition to full time education. It is likely that there would be a transition period after which the placement would be reviewed and the placement will be expected to be fulltime. Consideration must also be made on what the effects are on the other children in class, and pupil perception interviews may be used to assess this.
- Governors will be happy to speak to parents about the pros and cons of flexi schooling.
- A request for a flexi-schooling place may only be provided if there is a medical or additional need that will only be provided for by making a reasonable adjustment through a flexible timetable. This medical or additional need will need to be evidenced in writing by a medical or other relevant professional.
- If we have a safeguarding concern for a child or family, this may reflect in our decision to provide, or cancel a flexi-schooling arrangement so the school provides the most support possible.
- At key points in the school year, including SAT’s flexi-schooled pupils would be expected to be in school to sit exams or tests.
- Attainment data will be analysed with flexi-schooled pupils as a key group for analysis.
- The importance of regular days should be emphasised in order for friendships in school to develop. There are key social aspects of school.
- A part-time timetable agreement should be signed every half term.
- Half termly meetings with parents will enable us to agree a part time timetable for the next half term. This will help to ensure agreed and regular days of attendance, so we are clear when the child should be in school. Pupils can come in for extra days in agreement in advance, but we would not expect there to be additional days at home.
- Parents/ Carers will be supported in their home education, by being given the long term plans for the children to help the pupils continue their learning at home. This is to ensure the pupils have educational progression in line with full time, formally educated peers. This home learning will be asked to be shared with the school each half term, the Governors and Parents/ Carers are aware that the Executive Headteacher is responsible for the child’s learning in and out of school.
- Invitations to special school events may be extended to all pupils, even if they do not fall on their usual days, the school will ask when this is the case.
- Pupils may be invited to attend enrichment activities, which may be in addition to their usual attended days, the school will ask when this is the case.
- There will be regular and consistent conversations with the parents/ carers.
- As many mornings as possible should be included for core subject teaching time.
- The age of a child should be taken into consideration when discussing an application for flexible schooling to avoid academic and social problems.
- Extension work at home should reflect and reinforce what is being taught in school
Governors are very clear that the principles agreed in this policy statement do not indicate a right for parents to elect to flexible school their child at either Primary School. The final decision rests with the Executive Headteacher, and there must be prior agreement before this can commence.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.