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Statutory Responsibilities
Equality Act 2010
“Must make reasonable adjustments to arrangements or practices to alleviate disadvantage and must also take reasonable steps to provide any necessary auxiliary aids and services”
Section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014
Places a duty on governing bodies of maintained schools, proprietors of academies and management committees of PRUs to make arrangements for supporting pupils at their school with medical conditions in line with guidance from the Secretary of State
Statutoryguidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of academies in EnglandDecember 2015
Governing bodies must ensure that arrangements are in place in schools to support pupils at school with medical conditions.
Governing bodies should ensure that school leaders consult health and social care professionals, pupils and parents to ensure that the needs of children with medical conditions are effectively supported.
Pupils at school with medical conditions should be properly supported so that they have full access to education, including school trips and physical education.
Governing bodies should ensure that all schools develop a policy for supporting pupils with medical conditions that is reviewed regularly and is readily accessible to parents and school staff.
Governing bodies should ensure that the school’s policy sets out the procedures to be followed whenever a school is notified that a pupil has a medical condition
Reintegration back into school should be properly supported so that children with medical conditions fully engage with learning and do not fall behind when they are unable to attend
“In making their arrangements, governing bodies should take into account that many of the medical conditions that require support at school will affect quality of life and may be life-threatening. Some will be more obvious than others. Governors should therefore ensure that the focus is on the needs of the individual child and how their medical condition impacts on their school life”“Governingbodies should take into account that many of the medical conditions that require support at school will affect quality of life and may be life-threatening. Some will be more obvious than others. Governing bodies should therefore ensure that the focus is on the needs of each individual child and how their medical condition impacts on their school life.““Governingbodies should take into account that many of the medical conditions that require support at school will affect quality of life and may be life-threatening. Some will be more obvious than others. Governing bodies should therefore ensure that the focus is on the needs of each individual child and how their medical condition impacts on their school life.Governingbodies should take into account that many of the medical conditions that require support at school will affect quality of life and may be life-threatening. Some will be more obvious than others. Governing bodies should therefore ensure that the focus is on the needs of each individual child and how their medical condition impacts on their school life.
Governing bodies should ensure that the school’s policy covers the role of individual healthcare plans, and who is responsible for their development, in supporting pupils at school with medical conditions.
Governors should ensure that staff are properly trained to provide the support that pupils need“Every member of staff should know what to do and respond accordingly when they become aware that a pupil with a medical condition needs help”
Safe in SchoolFilmHealth Conditions in Schools Alliance
Pairs exercise
Example of PolicyGoverningbodies should ensure that all schools develop a policy for supporting pupils with medical conditions that is reviewed regularly and is readily accessible to parents and school staff.
Make this policy your own!Insert your school name and logo where indicated on the next pageRead through the document and make changes as instructed in […] ororange. Delete the instructions as you go.Note:you don’t need to edit the contents list directly (see step 4)When you havefinalisedyour document, make a note of step 4 below and then delete this cover page. (Right-click on the teal border above this text and select ‘Cut’)Refresh the contents list so that the page numbers are correct. (Right-click anywhere on the contents list, click on ‘Update field’, then select ‘Update entire table’ and ‘OK’)Save the document as normal
Individual Health PlansGoverning bodies should ensure that the school’s policy covers the role of individual healthcare plans, and who is responsible for their development, in supporting pupils at school with medical conditions.
Louise’s StoryFilmHealth Conditions in Schools Alliance

What does an IHP include?Medication/storage/access and who will administer meds/responsibilityfor checking suppliesSymptoms and triggers/what to do if?/when parent should be contacted/ambulance calledWhat help is needed/who will give it/what the child can do foritself
Diet and toilets/dailymanagementPE/Exams/School trips includingovernightRisk assessmentRecord of stafftrainingArrangements about reviewing
The school, healthcare professional and parent should agree, based on evidence, when a healthcare plan would be inappropriate or disproportionate. If consensus cannot be reached, theheadteacheris best placed to take a final view.
The format for an IHP is not fixedSchools can create their ownExample of a generic form
Case StudyWhat information do we lack?Where could we get it from?
Involving Parents…should provide the school with sufficient and up-to-date information about their child’s medical needs. They may in some cases be the first to notify the school that their child has a medical condition.… are key partners and should be involved in the development and review of the child’s individual healthcare plan, and may be involved in its drafting.…should carry out any action they have agreed to as part of its implementation, e.g. provide medicines and equipment and ensurethey oror another nominated adultare contactable at all times.atall times.

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