Medication and Vaccination Details
Medicines will only be administered at the school when it would be detrimental to a child’s health or school attendance not to do so.
If a pupil requires regular prescribed or non-prescribed medication at school, parents are asked to provide consent on their child’s Healthcare Plan giving the pupil or staff permission to administer medication on a regular/daily basis, if required. A separate form is used with parents for pupils taking short courses of medication.
The school understands the importance of medication being taken as prescribed.
No child under 16 will be given prescription or non-prescription medicines without their parent’s written consent.
Only prescribed medicines that are in-date, labelled with the child’s name, provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include instructions for administration, dosage and storage are acceptable. The exception to this is insulin which must still be in date, but will generally be available to schools inside an insulin pen or a pump, rather than in its original container.
All medicines will be stored safely and in accordance with instructions, taking account of temperature requirements etc.
We will ensure that children know where their medicines are at all times and are able to access them immediately. Medicines and devices such as asthma inhalers, blood glucose testing meters and adrenalin pens should be always readily available to children and not locked away.
Specific arrangements will be put in place for school trips where a child requires medication.
All pupils with medical conditions, in terms of either physical or mental health, will be properly supported so that they can play a full and active role at school, remain healthy and achieve their academic potential.
The school will consult and work in partnership with health and social care professionals, pupils and parents to ensure the needs of pupils with medical conditions are effectively met.
The school will ensure that there is a focus on the needs of each individual pupil and how their medical condition impacts on their school life.
The school will ensure staff are provided with appropriate training to provide whatever support pupils require, including training in what to do in an emergency.
All staff have a clear understanding that medical conditions should not be a barrier to learning and that they have a duty of care to pupils.
The named person with overall responsibility for pupils with medical needs is John McHenry, Headteacher.
Person with responsibility for monitoring medication: Gemma Mead, SENDCo.
Parents* of children with medical conditions are often concerned that their child’s health will deteriorate or not be effectively managed when they attend school. This is because pupils with long-term and complex medical conditions may require on-going support, medicines or care while at school to help them manage their condition and keep them well. Others may require monitoring and interventions in emergency circumstances. It is also the case that children’s health needs may change over time, in ways that cannot always be predicted, sometimes resulting in extended absences. It is therefore important that parents feel confident that the school will provide effective support for their child’s medical condition and that the children feel safe.
In addition to the educational impacts, there are social and emotional implications associated with medical conditions. Children may be self-conscious about their condition and some may be bullied or develop emotional disorders such as anxiety or depression around their medical condition.
Long-term absences due to health problems affect children’s educational attainment, impact on their ability to integrate with their peers and affect their general wellbeing and emotional health. Reintegration back into school should be properly supported so that children with medical conditions fully engage with learning and do not fall behind when they are unable to attend. Short-term and frequent absences, including those for appointments connected with a pupil’s medical condition (which can often be lengthy), also need to be effectively managed and appropriate support put in place to limit the impact on the child’s educational attainment and emotional and general wellbeing.
Some children with medical conditions may be considered to be disabled under the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010. Where this is the case the governing body must comply with their duties under that Act.
Some children may have special educational needs (SEN) and a statement of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan which brings together health and social care needs as well as their special education provision.
* The term ‘parent’ implies any person or body with parental responsibility such as foster parent, carer, guardian or local authority.
Please find below the consent form for sending medication into school: