Medication in School
In September 2014, the government issued some new guidance on
supporting students with medical conditions.
A significant change to the guidance is the way in which consent
is given. Prescription Only Medicine can be kept long term within
the school whereas over the counter medicines can only be kept for
one week in school and after one week we expect parents or
carers to collect the medication. Students can carry their own
medication but this is at their parent/carer's discretion and
headteachers approval, taking into account how responsible their
child would be in taking their medication. It is preferable,
unless unavoidable due to the nature of the medical condition or
illness, for students to take medication before they go to school,
as soon as they get home from school, and then in the evening,
depending on the intervals between dosages.
Medical conditions & school holding and administering
If your child has a medical condition and needs to take
medication long term then a medical conditions form should be
completed and returned to school. It is vital we have a record of
all medication, prescribed or over the counter and that we have
consent from you giving staff permission to administer medication
as required or that you give consent for your son or daughter
to manage her own medication. If you require assistance with
completing your medical conditions form contact school schedule a
meeting with [name] to complete the form and discuss any
concerns or additional information you need to share regarding
the medication. Without the appropriate forms completed and
written consent given we cannot store your child's medication in
The medical conditions form available for download
above or alternatively contact the school and we will send one out
Students with Epilepsy
Please ensure you have completed and returned the
Epilepsy Care Plan above along with a medical conditions
Student with Asthma
In another recent change, schools are now advised to keep
emergency salbutamol inhalers in school. However, they can
only be used by students for whom we have written parental/carer
consent. If your son or daughter has been prescribed an
inhaler and you would like them to have access to a school inhaler
in event of theirs being forgotten, lost or empty. You can consent
to this on your child's asthma care plan.
If you haven't completed an asthma care plan for your child,
there is one available for download above or alternatively contact
the school and we will send one out to you.
Students attending educational visits with medical condition
and medication requirements
Students with a medical needs, conditions and medication
requirements will identified through the information that school
holds on your child prior to the visit by the visit coordinator.
The visit coordinator will liaise with home to make necessary
arrangements. Please ensure you have provided the school with up to
date medical information in order for us to identify your child's
For students attending residential trips, parents/carers will be
requested to provide up to date information on your child's current
condition and his/her overall health, medication requirements.
This provides essential information to relevant staff to
help your son or daughter manage his or her condition
Short term medications
If your child needs to take a short term medication in school
please complete the short term medication form.Without the
appropriate forms completed and written consent given we cannot
store your child's medication in school.
The short term medication form available for
download above or alternatively contact the school and we will send
one out to you.
Please email the completed
forms to email@example.com or
send them to school as soon as possible.
For more information please
contact Nicola Cooke - Administration & Marketing Manager firstname.lastname@example.org or
0161 445 8053.
If you wish to discuss your
child's medical needs, please do not hesitate to contact Amy
Hunter, SENDCo on email@example.com
or 0161 445 8053.