Education other than at school (EOTAS)

Alternative provision or ‘Education Other Than at School (EOTAS)’ can be arranged by local authorities or schools for children who don’t attend mainstream school for reasons such as exclusion, school refusal, medical conditions or illness. 

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Local authority education other than at school  

Alternative provision for children who are temporarily unable to access mainstream schools in South Gloucestershire is provided by the Pathways Learning Centre (PLC).  

The Pathways Learning Centre provides education and support for children aged between 5-16 years old with varying needs.  They support children who may be temporarily unable to attend their mainstream school for a variety of reasons.  The majority of children return to their mainstream school, or transition to a new school or setting. 

The Pathways Learning Centre is also known as the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU).   

You can find further information on the Pathways Learning Centre website.  

Education in hospital  

If your child is unwell aged between 5-16 years old and in hospital for a long time, they can access education as an in-patient through the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. 

The hospital also teaches siblings of long stay patients who have come from another local authority and are staying in hospital accommodation temporarily. 

You can find further information on the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children website.