Lyndsay Watson

Name: Lyndsay Watson

Professional Title: Head of Service.

Background: Born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. In 1998, started her career in education has a Teaching Assistant in a large challenging Secondary School.  After two years moved to the school she was educated at during her own secondary education. Whilst staying at the school she moved to part time, whilst completing a full time degree.  Gaining a 2:1 (Hons) in Sport Studies, Special Needs and Inclusion in Society in 2003. Followed the GTPR route into teaching and during the 14 yrs taught PE, led the KS4 Foundation learning curriculum and also designated SENDCo.  In September 2013 gained deputy headship at an SEMH PRU in Wolverhampton working in external services. In April 2017 gained Headship and developed an additional, much needed provision within the City for students with SEMH and medical needs.  Having completed a Masters degree in Leadership in education in 2016, Lindsay is now completing her NPQEL.

Name of Organisation: The Nightingale Home and Hospital Service

Status of Organisation: The service is commissioned by Wolverhampton Local Authority.

Area of the Country: Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Description of your Organisation: The Nightingale Home and Hospital Service is a specialist service which is part of The Orchard Centre and we work in partnership with key agencies to offer appropriate intervention to vulnerable young people with medical and mental health needs in a supportive and structured setting with home, offsite, onsite and hospital tuition.  The service works with young people from Reception to Yr 11 that are referred from mainstream schools and medical and psychological practitioners for post-operative recovery, life limiting conditions, anxiety, depression, self-harm, severe health needs, eating disorders and those who have experienced significant trauma. We provide access to appropriate education for all young people with medical needs. We work in close partnership with parents/carers, medical and educational professionals, outside agencies and stakeholders, to minimise interruption and disruption to the education of young people. Our focus is on the individual young person and rebuilding their education and our aim is to reintegrate young people back to school as soon as possible and track young people on discharge in order to ensure successful outcomes.

Hospital School Room – At New Cross Hospital, every young person from Reception to Year 11 is welcome in the School Room. If they are unable to access the School Room, they may be taught at the bedside.  The School Room is open during term time. Long-stay patients, recurrent patients or those studying for/sitting exams are prioritised. We provide a secure, vibrant and welcoming environment in a fit for purpose classroom.