Medical Conditions Policy

Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions policy

Introduction

Montpelier Primary School is an inclusive community that welcomes and supports pupils with medical conditions so that they can play a full and active role in all aspects of school life, remain as healthy as possible and achieve their academic potential.

The Department for Education statutory guidance ‘Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school’ (2014) states:

“Children and young people with medical conditions are entitled to a full education and have the same rights of admission to school as other children. This means that no child with a medical condition can be denied admission or prevented from taking up a place in school because arrangements for their medical condition have not been made. However, in line with their safeguarding duties, governing bodies should ensure that pupils’ health is not put at unnecessary risk from, for example, infectious diseases.”

This policy takes into account the school’s legal duties under the Children and Families Act 2014 to make arrangements to support pupils with medical conditions, as well as its duties under the Equality Act 2010. This policy details the school’s arrangements to support pupils with long term medical conditions. In this document ‘medical condition’ refers to any physical or mental health condition that requires ongoing health professional input.

This policy will next be reviewed in September 2022 or earlier if there is any change in the regulations. The effectiveness of these procedures will be monitored by the governing board.

Glossary

  • Controlled Drug (CD): Medication that is controlled as part of the misuse of drugs legislation (e.g. methylphenidate/Ritalin or some strong pain killers)
  • Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans: A legal document that describes a child’s special educational, health and social care needs, and support required to meet those needs
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): A data protection regulation from May 2018 intended to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals.
  • Individual Healthcare plans: A document that describes a child’s medical needs and support required in school to meet those needs.
  • Individual risk assessment: A risk assessment to determine the risks and controls required for pupils with severe/complex or potentially life-threatening health conditions.
  • Medical condition: For the purposes of this policy, ‘medical condition’ refers to any physical or mental health conditions that required ongoing health professional input (e.g. from GP, clinic or hospital specialist).
  • Medical Conditions Co-ordinators/leaders: Designated members of staff who lead the implementation of the ‘Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions’ policy and support pupils with medical conditions.
  • Special educational needs or disabilities (SEND): Special educational needs and disabilities that can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn.
  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO): Designated members of staff who lead the implementation of the SEND policy and support pupils with SEND.

About this policy

  • Date of policy – Autumn 2021
  • Next review date – Autumn 2022
  • Nominated governor/committee – ESC
  • For the full policy – click here