Managing medical conditions in schools
It is a statutory requirement for all schools to have a policy that makes clear the arrangements to support pupils with medical conditions.
Here is the revised Ealing supporting pupils with medical conditions in schools policy and supporting documents. (Based on the Department for Education (DfE) guidance Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions in Schoosl 2014).
The policy was consulted on with schools, health professionals and other related stakeholders before being endorsed by the Ealing Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB). In addition to the policy there are also a number of supporting documents below:
- Levels of training information (word)
- Liability information: Decisions tree and treatment table (pdf)
- Guidance on wording for job descriptions (Word).
The local authority is recommending that all governing boards (GBs) review this policy according to their specific needs before adopting. It should not be adopted ‘wholesale’ without reviewing to make sure it is fit for purpose and that provision for any training or role related changes are planned for and implemented. We request that this happens by the end of autumn 2018.
School checklist – baseline of current provision
As part of the policy, appendix one contains a useful checklist to ascertain the school’s current provision and future needs. To assess the impact of this policy we would be grateful if you could complete this medical conditions survey by the end of autumn 2018 term. The results will be anonymised and only used to inform future training and support needs. Our intention is to repeat this in autumn 2019 to gauge the impact of the policy and further support and training needs.
A briefing to support understanding of the revised policy will be held at Ealing Education Centre on Wednesday 17 October 2018. Book a place for the briefng.
Thank you to all members of the working group for their time and commitment to revising this policy and developing the supporting documents. Here are the working group terms of reference for supporting pupils with medical conditions at school.
These can also be found in appendices 10 and 13 in the policy
Free online anaphylaxis training course AllergyWise for Schools is designed to ensure that key staff in schools are fully aware of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, how to provide emergency treatment and the implications for management of severely allergic children from Key Stages 1 to 5 in an education setting.
- School's guidance (Health London)(pdf) and
- Asthma toolkit (Healthy London website)
- Supporting children’s health asthma online course
Epilepsy schools’ guidance (Health London website)
MindEd (Mind website)- a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults.
For further information contact: