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Education minister Lord Henley has published guidance for teachers which offers advice on assisting school children...
Education minister Lord Henley has published guidance for teachers which offers advice on assisting school children who have medical needs. The guidance is contained in a circular, 'Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs', produced jointly with the department of health.

It has been sent to all schools and local education authorities and sets out the legal framework for assisting pupils who have medical needs or need to take medicines during school hours.

'A Good Practice Guide' is also available which aims to help schools draw up a policy on managing medication, and to put into place effective management systems to help individual pupils. The document draws together much of the good practice already in place in many schools and LEAs.

Lord Henley said: 'Most pupils with long term medical needs do not need to take medication during the school day, but it is vital that the effects of their condition are understood by school staff. Such pupils receive more effective support when there is a close partnership between the home and school, and agreement on how the pupil's needs can best be met. The new guidance gives advice on how this can be achieved.

'It also provides information for those teachers willing to administer medication, on how they can obtain further advice from health care professionals and other support agencies.'

'The guidance has been produced following extensive consultation with, among others, the teacher unions, LEAs, health authorities and voluntary organisations, all of whose assistance is greatly appreciated.

'Children spend about a third of their time in school and we need to ensure that their teachers have the information and support they need to help any of their pupils with a medical condition. This guidance document will be a great help in pursuing that aim.'

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