'Championing the rights of children'

Schools 'could struggle' with medical conditions policy

Garry Thu 15 May 2014 09:52

Schools in England could struggle to implement new policies for children with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and cancer, head teachers say.

From September, governing bodies will have a duty - under the Children and Families Act 2014 - to ensure schools make arrangements for these pupils.

A medical conditions policy will be required, ensuring pupils with such issues have full access to education.

Guidelines are being sent to all pupil referral units, schools and academies.

The Department for Education's revised guidance, being sent to schools on Thursday, says:

  • a medical conditions policy must be in place, so that pupils with medical conditions have full access to education, including school trips and physical education
  • governing bodies should ensure this policy is reviewed regularly and is readily accessible to parents and staff
  • appropriate training for school staff must be arranged
  • governing bodies should ensure that school leaders consult health and social care professionals, pupils and parents to ensure children's needs are effectively supported.

The guidelines say: "Parents of children with medical conditions are often concerned that their child's health will deteriorate when they attend school.

"It is therefore important that parents feel confident that schools will provide effective support for their child's medical condition and that pupils feel safe."

Read more... (BBC News - 15 May)