Medical issues and medicines in schools

The education of children and young people with medical needs is a partnership. It's essential that education, health and other agencies work closely together, and with parents, to provide the support needed to enable a child with medical needs to receive an appropriate education.

In many cases children and young people with medical needs will continue to access school, but they may need additional support of some kind. This could be from specialist equipment, from an additional person for periods of time or from a combination of both.

All medical cases are looked at individually and what is offered will depend on your child’s medical needs or condition. Whatever is offered to your child will be part of an agreed plan and you will have a chance to offer your advice and support as part of this plan. If your child is expected to take medicines in school as part of his / her treatment for a condition or illness, you will need to talk to the school to decide how this can be managed.

If you have concerns about your child’s access to education because of medical needs you should talk to your child’s school. They will be able to support and advise you about what the next steps will be to ensure that your child accesses as much education as his / her medical condition allows. The first step will probably be to ask your permission so that medical advice can be requested. This is essential to ensure two things:

  • That your child is well enough to access their entitlement
  • That whatever provision is proposed is appropriate to your child’s condition and medical needs.

Medicines in Schools

It is important that medical care or the administration of medication does not stop children from attending school regularly. There is no contractual obligation for headteachers and teachers to administer medication but all schools and nurseries in Warrington try to work with parents to support children who need to take medication.

This is what you should do to help:

  • Make sure your child is well enough to attend school or nursery and can continue to take part in all learning activities that are expected of him/her
  • Check with your doctor to see if the medicine needed could just be taken outside of school hours and still be effective
  • Make sure that the headteacher/nursery manager has full details of your child’s medical condition, medication, treatment or care needs. This information may need to be shared with other staff members to support your child.  This may be written into a care plan
  • Give the school or nursery full contact details and any arrangements needed in case your child becomes too unwell to be in school or nursery
  • Put the details, clearly in writing, of any medication to be given. You should ask school for the form that they need completing and signing or you could use Form 3A or 3B from the government guide. 
    Be aware of infectious diseases, which may mean your child cannot attend school (e.g. measles or impetigo). You may need to check this with your doctor.