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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.

‘Dos’ and ‘don’ts’

We have used Department for Education (DfE) guidance on supporting pupils with medical conditions to create a printable KeyDoc with a list of 'dos and don'ts' that staff can refer to when administering medicines to pupils in schools. You can download the KeyDoc from here:

KeyDoc: administering medicines in school

A DfE representative confirmed that the guidance applies to all pupils with medical conditions, regardless of whether they are long-term or short-term.

Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions, GOV.UK – DfE

Contact DfE, GOV.UK – DfE

Individual healthcare plans

Another DfE representative told us that parents and the school should work together to develop an individual healthcare plan for a pupil with a medical condition, which outlines who is responsible for administering medicine to the pupil.

Another article from The Key has more detail on creating an individual healthcare plan.

Advice on managing medicines on

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