How do I access Flexi-SchoolDyslexia?
DFE accept that pupils may be allowed to access specialist off-site tutoring on a part-time basis whilst still keeping their place at their mainstream school.
After consultation with KCC in July 2015, Louise Simpson, Education Lead, confirmed that Code B can be used by Head Teachers, as stated below:-
"The Attendance Code ‘B’- present at an off-site educational activity can be used where conditions apply to record attendance at Flexi-School Dyslexia. This code can be used for a supervised educational activity if the provision has been approved by the school. Pupils can only be recorded as receiving off-site educational activity if the activity meets the requirements prescribed in regulation 6(4) of the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006. The activity must be of an educational nature approved by the school and supervised by someone authorised by the school. The activity must take place during the session for which the mark is recorded. Ultimately schools are responsible for the safeguarding and welfare of pupils educated off-site. Therefore by using code B, schools are certifying that the education is supervised and measures have been taken to safeguard pupils. Schools should ensure that they have in place arrangements whereby the provider of the alternative activity notifies the school of any absences by individual pupils. The school should record the pupil’s absence using the relevant absence code.
Flexi-School Dyslexia supports use of this code by actively encouraging schools to visit the provision, making available policies and procedures relating to safeguarding and through same day notification where pupils are absent from Flexi-School Dyslexia.
Further advice on attendance recording can be sought from your School Liaison Officer".
Louise Simpson (July 2015)
Senior Inclusion and Attendance Lead
Early Help and Preventative Services
Schools do have the authority to arrange for pupils to undertake part of their education outside the school premises in accordance with regulation 6(4)(a) of The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006. The session absent from school can be marked in the register as ‘Code B – Educated Offsite’ meaning the School’s OFSTED ratings remain unaffected and full pupil funding is still received. Flexi-School Dyslexia is a privately funded provision paid for by the parent/s or relevant charity, there is no expectation that a School will be expected to fund a place for a child although some schools do provide funded places at their discretion.
The overall responsibility for a child’s education lies with the parent and section 9 of the Education Act 1996 contains the principle that children should be educated in accordance with the wishes of their parents. Under section 7 of the Education Act...The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time education suitable:-
(a) to his age, ability and aptitude, and
(b) to any special educational needs he may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.
Flexi-SchoolDyslexia place childrens safeguarding needs as a paramount priority and always ensure the safety and the welfare of all pupils whilst off-site attending FSD.
FSD will work with schools to ensure they satisfy any statutory attendance reporting, along with regular reports on pupils progress. Matt Algar is the Designated Safeguarding Officer for FSD and is happy to meet with schools to ensure all policy and procedures are in line with schools expectations of a specialist off-site provision.