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  • Administering medicines in school: guidance What guidance is there on administering medicines to pupils? This article summarises key points in guidance from the Department for Education on administering medicines in schools and the early years. You will also find a KeyDoc with advice for staff on administering medicines to pupils.
  • Administering medicines: parental consent Find out how you can seek permission to give non-prescription medicines to pupils, and what to do if a parent doesn't consent. Plus, download and use our multi-purpose consent form.
  • Administering medicines: template record forms Is there a template for recording which pupils we have administered medicine to? We point to a template form for recording all medication administered to pupils, and one for recording medication administered to individual pupils. We also provide guidance on how long to store these records.
  • First aid provision on school trips Must we have a first aider on school trips? This article refers to government guidance on first aid provision when off the school premises. We also look at requirements in the EYFS, local authority guidance and procedures from two schools.
  • First aid provision: requirements and guidance UpdatedFind out what you need to do to comply with requirements on first aid provision in schools and early years settings.
  • Individual healthcare plans: guidance, templates and examples Is there a set format for individual healthcare plans (IHPs)? The Department for Education (DfE) explains that there is no set format, as IHPs will vary based on individual needs. We point to examples of IHPs, including a template from the DfE, and look at what they should include.
  • Individual healthcare plans: when should pupils have one? Which pupils require an individual healthcare plan (IHP)? In this article, we relay guidance from the DfE about when a pupil might need to have an IHP. We also include advice about pupils with temporary medical conditions.
  • Keeping EpiPens in school Can schools keep spare EpiPens? Schools can keep spare EpiPens on site and administer them to certain pupils in an emergency. We summarise guidance from the Department of Health and link to further information on administering medicines in school and examples of consent forms for using EpiPens.
  • Supporting pupils with asthma: guidance Are there any guidelines on supporting pupils with asthma? We refer to the latest guidance on supporting pupils with medical conditions from the Department for Education. We also look at guidance from the Department of Health on the use of emergency inhalers.
  • Supporting pupils with complex medical needs Supporting pupils with complex medical needs or when there is a significant number of medical needs in your school can be challenging. Find out about the statutory requirements and how to seek additional support if you are struggling to meet pupils' needs.