Under new changes to the law, schools will be required to make provisions to support children with long term health conditions such as asthma or type I diabetes.
New legislation from the Children and Families Act 2014 states that those pupils with special medical conditions must be given access to the same education as the other children. It says schools: “must ensure that arrangements are in place to support pupils with medical conditions. In doing so they should ensure that such children can access and enjoy the same opportunities at school as any other child.”
While schools have handled these conditions efficiently, there has been concern among organisations that some pupils may not have been receiving the support needed. The new law should ensure this does not happen.
Teachers, governors and other educational staff may also require further training to help care for pupils with these conditions in an emergency.