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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

A service for young people with medical and/or mental health needs.
The Home and Continuing Education Service (HCES) is a Local Authority (LA) service based in Pilgrim Street Arts Centre.
The staff are an experienced, enthusiastic and committed team of primary and secondary teachers. There are also teaching assistants and mentors. The HCES provides short term education for young people who are unable to attend their usual school because of their medical and/or mental health needs.  The long term aim of the service is to support these pupils to receive as much education as they are able and to help them return to their original or a new school
A large proportion of teaching takes place within the home; however, the service encourages its pupils to attend individual or small group lessons at the Home Education Base in Pilgrim Street.  Pupils at all Key Stages are welcomed 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 a few.  Enrichment activities are also offered on a weekly basis.
The national guidance asks for dual referral: a medical and school referral.  Medical referrals can come from one of the following: a paediatrician, NHS specialist consultant, Children, Adult, Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Psychiatrist or Senior CAMHS Therapist/ Psychologist
Some places are paid for by the LA via the pupils Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Alternatively, the first 12 weeks of tuition are paid for by the services base budget after that the school pay for the pupil’s place.


HCES Request for Services Form June 2023

Medical Support for Home Continuing Education Service (HCES) Referrals (February 2023)

Wirral Home and Continuing Education Service (HCES)

Home and Continuing Education Policy  (March 2023)




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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