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Wirral Home and Continuing Education Service

Young people with medical and/or mental health needs

A service for young people with medical and/or mental health needs


“The Home Education team are a great bunch of people who help so many children in the home or at a setting.  My grandson has come on so much during his time with the service” – Carer of Year 10 pupil.

“My teacher is very patient and makes our lessons fun” – Year 10 student


The Home and Continuing Education Service is a Local Authority service which is based in a dedicated hub in Pensby.  Staffed by an experienced, enthusiastic and committed team of Primary and Secondary teachers alongside Teaching Assistants and mentors, the Home Education Service provides a short term continuing education for young people who are unable to access their mainstream school, LA funded special school or Alternative Provision because of their medical and/or mental health needs.  The long term aim of the service is to reintegrate the young people it serves back into the setting they joined from or a setting that is better suited to their needs.

A large proportion of teaching takes place within the home; however, the service actively encourages its pupils to attend individual or small group lessons at the Home Education Base in Pensby.  Pupils at all Key Stages are catered for by the Home Education team.  The service offers a wide range of subject areas at varying levels including Maths, English, Science, Animal Care, Art, I-Media, Functional Skills to name but a few.  Enrichment activities are also offered on a weekly basis.


There is a dual referral process reflective national guidance – a medical referral which is supported by a school referral.  Medical referrals come from a paediatrician, NHS specialist consultant, CAMHS psychiatrist or senior CAMHS therapist/psychologist.  The medical referral is the trigger for pupils to be eligible for this service.  School referrals alone cannot usually be considered .Some places are commissioned by the local Authority via the pupils EHCP. The first 12 weeks of tuition are paid for by the services base budget after that the school commission the pupils place.


HCES Request for Services Form Jan 2022

Medical Support for HCES Referrals Feb 22

Home and Continuing Education Policy May 2022 (Sept)




Contact Us

  • Home and Continuing Education Service, 1 Pilgrim Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, Merseyside. CH41 5EH
  • 0151 666 4477
  • Mrs Julie Hudson
  • Head of Service

Special Education Need & Disability

Social Communication

Physical Difficulties

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Facilities and Accessibility

Free Parking

Wheelchair Accessible

Disabled Toilet

About this Listing

Funding Status: Council Service

Method of Referral: Paediatrician, NHS specialist consultant, CAMHS psychiatrist or senior CAMHS therapist/psychologist supported by school referral

School Hours: Teaching hours: Mon - Fri between 09:00 – 16:00, term time only

Eligibility: Please contact the service provider.

Cost: Free

Parking/Travel Information: Parking available on site. Public transport serves local area.

Co-designed school:  No

How does somebody raise a concern about the school?: Please contact the service provider.

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