Section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014, places a duty on schools to make arrangements for children with medical conditions. Pupils with special medical needs have the same right of admission to school as other children and cannot be refused admission or excluded from school on medical grounds alone. However, teachers and other school staff in charge of pupils have a common law duty to act in loco parentis and may need to take swift action in an emergency. This duty also extends to teachers leading activities taking place off the school site. This could extend to a need to administer medicine.
The school aims to:
- Assist parents in providing medical care for their children;
- Educate staff and children in respect of special medical needs;
- Adopt and implement the LA policy of Medication in Schools;
- Arrange training for volunteer staff to support individual pupils;
- Liaise as necessary with medical services in support of the individual pupil;
- Ensure access to full education if possible.
- Monitor and keep appropriate records.