Updating group policy immediately
This time to take action to ensure that schools are aware of the new duty and are effectively implementing it.
Download our full report On 1 March 2017, Alliance representatives presented evidence from the investigation at the a joint meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Diabetes and the APPG for Epilepsy.
In 2016 the Alliance investigated whether or not schools are complying with the duty.
We found that 78% of schools failed to demonstrate that they had a medical condition policy and the 46 per cent of schools that do have a medical conditions policy were not compliant with the legislation.
An IHP is an agreement between parents/ guardians, the school and healthcare professionals about what care a child needs and how it will be carried out.
Headteachers, school governors and responsible bodies should make sure each child has an IHP and that it is being carried out.
If you can’t find the policy on their website, use our template letter to write or email the school.
You can request their medical conditions policy and let them know about the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance’s resources to help keep children with medical conditions safe in school. All schools should have a medical conditions policy which states how the school will care for any children with medical conditions, the procedures for getting the right care and training in place and who is responsible for making sure the policy is carried out.
So we are calling on Ofsted to routinely check schools have a supporting children with medical conditions policy in place that follows the Department for Education Statutory Guidance.
The duty is accompanied by statutory guidance from the Department of Education which schools in England must now follow.
The Alliance continues to work to ensure that children with medical conditions receive the care they deserve at school.
And you can make a huge difference in just a few minutes. In England you can find a list of local schools using the edubase government page.
Check if the school has a medical conditions policy on its website (as it should).
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This policy statement should be made publicly available on the school's website.