Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school policy

17 Aug 2018

It is a statutory requirement for all schools to have a policy that makes clear the arrangements to support pupils with medical conditions.

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 at school' (2014) is now available on EGfL - see related content link below.

About the policy

As a result of two school tragedies last year, it was requested that the existing policy be reviewed and improved with a recommendation that all schools adopt the new policy.

The policy was consulted on with schools, health professionals and other related stakeholders before being endorsed by the Ealing Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB). The documents provided include:

  • Revised policy
  • Levels of training information
  • Insurance/liability information
  • Guidance on wording for job descriptions.

Governing boards to review policy

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 in the autumn term.

Complete school checklist

To assess the impact of the policy, schools are asked to complete the Ealing supporting pupils at school with medical conditions checklist (Autumn 2018) (Survey Monkey) by the end of the autumn term.

The results will be grouped by phase, anonymised and only used to inform future training and support needs. Our intention is to repeat this in autumn 2019 to gauge the impact off the policy and further support and training needs.


To support understanding of the new policy, you are invited to book a place at:

Supporting pupils with medical conditions in schools – briefing on new Ealing policy 17 October 2018 (Ealing CPD online)

Grateful thanks go to all members of the multi agency working group for their time and commitment to completing this important set of documents.


Therese McNulty
Tel: 020 8825 5444

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