Statutory guidance on supporting pupils at school with medical conditions

This Department for Education document contains both statutory guidance and non-statutory advice.

The statutory guidance applies to any “appropriate authority” as defined in section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014. That means governing bodies in the case of maintained schools, proprietors in the case of academies and management committees in the case of pupil referral units (PRUs).

Statutory guidance is set out in bold text, and “appropriate authorities” must have regard to1 this when carrying out their statutory duty to make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions. The guidance also applies to activities taking place off-site as part of normal educational activities. In this document, references to schools are taken to include academies and PRUs and references to governing bodies include proprietors in academies and management committees of PRUs. 

The rest of the text is non-statutory advice to other persons or bodies who may have a role in helping to support pupils at school with medical conditions.

Early years settings should continue to apply the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

This document replaces previous guidance on Managing medicines in schools and early years settings published in March 2005.

The document can be read in full here or downloaded below.