Section 19 of the Education Act 1996 sets out the legal duty for a local authority to provide a suitable full-time education for compulsory school-age children who are unable to attend due to ‘illness, exclusion or otherwise’.
If your child is unable to attend school, share any relevant information from health professionals with school and the local authority, particularly anything which indicates regular attendance at school is going to be difficult.
The term ‘Alternative Provision’ is used to describe the education arrangements for pupils to continue to have a suitable, full-time education whilst they are excluded from school or cannot attend school for illness or another reason, or where directed by schools to off-site provision to improve their behaviour.
Read the government guidance around Alternative Provision
You can contact the local authority directly with any questions about alternative provision: Specialist Education Services
The Department for Education health needs guidance says:
…Local Authorities (LA’s) should ensure that it is arranged as quickly as possible and that it appropriately meets the needs of the child. LAs should make every effort to minimise the disruption to a child’s education. For example, where specific medical evidence, such as that provided by a medical consultant, is not quickly available, LAs should consider liaising with other medical professionals, such as the child’s GP, and consider looking at other evidence to ensure minimal delay in arranging appropriate provision for the child.