Medical Tuition Service

Medical Tuition Service Staff

Name Role
Nicola Young Assistant Vice Principal & Faculty Lead Science
Jackie Charter Teacher - Faculty Lead Numeracy
Ruth Exley Teacher & SENCO
Anna Difazio Teacher - 0.6
Judy Somerville Teacher - 0.4
Luke Price Teacher - 1
Francis Domingo Teacher - 0.6
Caroline West Teacher - 0.7
Julie Daw Business Support Administrator - Monday & Tuesday
Kate Cole Business Support Administrator - Wednesday, Thursday & Friday


The Tuition Service is located in a designated area of the Nailsea site.

The service caters for all age groups from Key Stages 1 - 4 who are out of school. Programmes are delivered in either the home, the community, Centres or through reintegration packages within their mainstream school.


At Tuition, we target core subjects such as English, Maths and Science with a range of accredited qualifications. We also offer GCSE Citizenship, Art, Functional skills and BTEC Diplomas, which are studied in mainstream schools. We also plan and support post 16 progression.

Overall, curriculums are very much designed on an individual basis, taking into account the needs of the young person and the school. Input and advice are also taken from parents/carers and other external organisations and professionals.

Many students curriculum programmes are dictated by their mainstream school; especially those students following exam courses in secondary schools. Tuition staff liaise with schools, collect work and deliver programmes which are individualised to that student.

All students and their parents/carers are invited to regular reviews at which their progress is discussed.

Students referred with acute illnesses and high levels of anxiety are able to continue to study most of the curriculum they would normally manage in a mainstream school through our detailed curriculum planning.

It is reasonable to expect more able students to cope with an increased workload which would include homework.

Progress and achievement is governed by the diverse complex medical needs of students referred. We carefully assess needs against ability to enable students to access a balanced curriculum. In many cases, each learner has a bespoke education package under the direction of medical professionals and other appropriate agencies.

How we support students

Tuition at home

  • On occasion lessons will need to take place within the home for an agreed number of hours depending on health and circumstances, subject to regular review.
  • We require a non-smoking environment suitable for study; a quiet area with a table or work surface is ideal.
  • It is essential that a responsible adult is present in the home during tuition. This may be a parent/carer, grandparent, neighbour or friend.
  • We ask parents or carers to give us as much notice as possible if a planned session needs to be cancelled.
  • The student and parents / carers will sign an individual agreement when tuition starts.

Tuition in the community

Where tuition is not possible in the home, or if it is not advisable if a student is becoming isolated, then tuition may be arranged in the community. An emergency contact form will need to be completed if a tutor is to act ‘in loco parentis’ in such cases. Tuition could be arranged in:

  • Public libraries
  • Community centres

Tuition in the Centres

It may be determined that tuition should be provided in Centre either in small groups or on a one to one basis.

We aim to provide a core curriculum to GCSE or other accredited qualifications and to plan for Post 16 progression. We support and advise students in making decisions about their future.

We expect students attending the Centres to make the best of the opportunities offered and to be respectful and polite to all other users of the Centre. An induction pack which includes a Home-Centre Agreement and emergency contact form will need to be completed.

Getting back to school (Reintegration)

The focus of Tuition is to overcome barriers and prepare the student for a return to mainstream provision.

Some students have difficulties in returning to school. In such circumstances we may need to refer the student to other agencies.

We work alongside North Somerset Education Inclusion Service, Social Workers, Education Welfare Officers, Health Professionals, colleagues from the Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Educational Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists and Teachers in schools in order to meet the individual needs of each student.

After a long absence sometimes a gradual return to school works best. A planning meeting at the mainstream school will decide how best to re-include a student successfully. In some cases, it may be appropriate for Tuition Teachers and/or Teaching Assistants to support students back into mainstream schools.


It is a legal requirement that school age students receive education. We adapt the curriculum to suit individual circumstances.

The amount of hours a student is able to access per week is determined by the referring health professional. We expect students to attend for the agreed hours and parents/carers to encourage students to keep to their agreed timetable.

The Campus Student Family Liaison Officer, will monitor student attendance and discuss with parents / carers accordingly.


Transport in a taxi or a North Somerset minibus may be provided.


Those students who remain with us until the completion of Year 11 will be carefully supported as they progress into post-16 Education, Apprenticeships or Training.

Young people who are medically, physically and emotionally capable are encouraged to take part in work-based learning / work experience in KS4 in order that they have some experience of the world of work. This will enable them to be more prepared for the world of work and inform their future career choices.

Details of the School Day

The allocation of time and frequency for many students taught in the home is dictated by their medical needs and agreed at the initial meeting with parent/carer and young person. These may be adjusted in accordance with medical needs and on-going information from medical professionals.

Young people whose health needs allow are taught in Centre. This enables them to have a more structured timetable and social time with other young people. It also means curriculum opportunities can be extended.

Our in Centre and out of Centre timetable is organised between 9.00am – 4.00pm.

Uniform / Dress Code

Whilst there is no official dress code, students should wear casual clothes which are comfortable and appropriate for an educational establishment.

A Photo Guide of Tuition

The following video was made by Year 11 students at VLC Tuition for their GCSE Citizenship project.


Poems Written by a Former Student

The three poems displayed appear within a poetry book recently published by alumni Lauren Smith VLC Medical tuition. The extracts selected relate to her time at VLC Medical Tuition. Please click on a poem to read it.


Thank You Cards from Students


That’s brilliant - I can only echo their sentiment of thanks to you and your team. In an age of diminishing alternate provision your team offers a glimmer of hope for us with students that struggle with mainstream school!

Deputy Headteacher at Secondary School

Thank you so much for providing a sensitive and useful service to the X family

Primary Head

The support given to X by VLC allowed her to reintegrate successfully back into Kings. We would like to thank you for your support.


The support offered by the tuition is hugely valued… your work provides a significant support for students struggling in mainstream school.

Assistant Head Teacher

I am astonished at how far X has come in such a short period of time. Well done all!!

Vice Principal Secondary

The perfect provision for X

Alternative Programme Manager

Valuable service and effective support to schools. Fab as always!

Deputy Head Teacher at Secondary School

An excellent service to schools and young people.

Safeguaring Lead

The teachers are very kind and patient. They understand ME and the constraints it puts on the pupil and their learning.

Parent of Student at Voyage Learning Campus

All the VLC staff have gone above and beyond to encourage and persuade X back into the education system. He has been offered a place at City of Bristol college before he results are in are a testament to the work which has been put in on X’s behalf.

Parent of Student at Voyage Learning Campus

A chance of education which he would not have had due to his condition.

Parent of Student at Voyage Learning Campus

Excellent service which has enabled X to far exceed her own and our expectations and to gain loads of confidence and ability in all areas of her new life.

Parent of Student at Voyage Learning Campus

X’s behaviour………has generally improved since attending VLC, particularly his attitude to learning and school. He is less anxious and has grown in confidence.

Parent of Student at Voyage Learning Campus

She is more engaged generally wants to learn and is actively enjoying learning.

Parent of Student at Voyage Learning Campus

More confident and less anxious

Student at Voyage Learning Campus

Thank you for helping me to enjoy coming into school again.

Student at Voyage Learning Campus

It has been more helpful than you will ever know.

Student at Voyage Learning Campus

I am happy

Student at Voyage Learning Campus

I have changed significantly. I feel more confident

Student at Voyage Learning Campus

I would like to recognise the huge shift I see in X and how, to me, it seems as if she has received the support to make these changes in school and at home.

Clinical Lead for Arts Psychotherapies’ team at CAMHS

What lovely work you are offering and how much change and growth I see

Senior Clinician at CAMHS

Thank you so much for all your hard work with X over the past year; I know you went above and beyond to try and support this family

Consultant Paediatric Psychologist

Useful Documents

Survival Guide - Your Questions Answered

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Frequently asked questions guide made by students at VLC Tuition