The Complementary Education Service provides advice and guidance to Primary and Secondary Schools including Academies and Free Schools to ensure they meet the needs of and fulfill their statutory obligations towards vulnerable pupils. It's key duties are:
- Supporting schools in ensuring that they are meeting their responsibilities to provide a minimum statutory entitlement for pupils who cannot attend due to illness or during a maternity leave.
- Enhancing the learning opportunities and achievement of pupils by the creative use of ICT and Distance Learning strategies.
- Liaising with outside agencies, schools and families, to develop strategies to raise levels of achievement for vulnerable groups to enable them to access education, and achieve their full potential.
- Supporting attendance, integration or re-integration of vulnerable children into school, further education, work, or training.
- Providing support and advice to schools in raising the achievement of Minority Ethnic, Traveller, Asylum Seeker and EAL pupils.
- Supporting schools in developing and implementing equality and diversity policies and materials that are in line with current duties and responsibilities.
- Providing an Authority-wide advice service, and INSET for schools in areas such as Traveller support, Distance Learning and EAL provision.
For advice and to access support to schools and parents, the Complementary Education Service can be contacted directly on 0151 934 2347.
Further information for schools can be found on the Schools Intranet.
The Complementary Education Service is based at: