‘Why should these kids miss out on their education?’

Teachers share the joy and heartache of working at a children’s hospital

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Teenagers at schools across Scotland have just finished sitting their exams. And it’s the same at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, where earlier this month two patients sat National 5 maths and English.

For these candidates, however, what many would consider the typical exam experience – a cavernous gym hall packed with desks and overwrought teenagers – was not to be.

Both pupils are battling cancer. One sat the exams in her hospital bedroom and the other in one of the small hospital classrooms. The latter candidate got up at 6am on the day of the exams to have his chemotherapy ...

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