Medical Needs Tuition Service

Hackney Medical Needs Tuition Service

The Medical Needs Tuition Service (MNTS) provides one-to-one tuition to pupils in their home, in a local library or sometimes in school, while they are unable to attend school due to physical or mental health needs.

The MNTS works in partnership with the pupil, parents/carers, the named person in the school and multidisciplinary professionals to provide a high quality core education for children with health needs. The service aims to provide the equivalent of full-time education, where the child’s health needs allow, focusing on English, Maths and Science. This is provided through a balanced combination of one to one tuition, homework and remote learning.

Referring a child to the service

The criteria for the provision of tuition due to medical needs are as follows:

  • the pupil is a resident of the London borough of Hackney (they may attend a school outside of Hackney)
  • the pupil is aged between 4 and 16; and
  • the pupil is temporarily absent (or due to be absent) for at least 15 consecutive school days (in a row) or absent (or due to be absent) for at least 15 days over the course of the current academic year - due to medical reasons, including mental and physical ill-health.

The referral must be supported by medical guidance from a Consultant level Doctor (not usually a GP) for physical health conditions or a CAMHS clinician for mental health needs.

If you would like to discuss the needs of any individual child who cannot attend school due to physical or mental health needs please call one of the current MNTS Coordinators Andrea Alexander (07799 656545) or Juliette Harries (07827 282436). Additionally you can email


Andrea Alexander and Mary Murphy, Medical Needs Tuition Service Co-ordinator

07799 656545 or 07827 282436
This page was last modified on: 2 Feb 2024