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Minister announces requirement on schools to support pupils with medical conditions

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    21/10/2013

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson has today announced an amendment to the Children and Families Bill that places a requirement on schools to make arrangements for supporting pupils with medical conditions. 

This means school will be required by law to make appropriate arrangements for supporting pupils with long-term health needs. This will be supported by new statutory guidance that will be issued next year. 

The amendment applies to maintained schools, Academies, alternative provision Academies and a pupil referral units 

In his statement the Minister asserts that government intends to achieve “better educational outcomes for children with long term health conditions; greater reassurance to parents that their children will receive the support they deserve in the school setting; and clearer guidance on what we expect of our schools” as a result of this amendment. 

CDC Director Christine Lenehan has welcomed this step towards helping ensure children with long-term health condition receive the support they need while at school. 

“I am delighted that the government has been able to table this amendment, which recognises the particular needs of children with medical conditions and which should ensure that their needs are fully met in school, enabling them to achieve the best possible health and education outcomes. I look forward to seeing the accompanying statutory guidance being developed, published and implemented.” 

The written Ministerial statement on this announcement can be found at this link, and the amendment, tabled by Lord Nash, can be found here.