How to work with hospital schools


Hospital schools provide education to pupils who are unable to attend mainstream school due to medical reasons. This may be due to either acute or chronic physical or mental health issues, or a combination of these. In this article, Dr. Pooky Knightsmith explains how to work with them for the benefit of pupils.

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Dr. Pooky Knightsmith

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry. She is the author of five books and is the current Vice Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. You can email Pooky on and her Twitter handle is @PookyH. Her website is

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