Statutory guidance

Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school

Statutory guidance about the support that pupils with medical conditions should receive at school.

Applies to England


Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions


This statutory guidance is for:

  • governing bodies of local-authority-maintained schools
  • proprietors of academies
  • management committees of pupil referral units (these are places that provide education for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)

It’s also relevant for anyone supporting children with medical conditions.

The templates give example text that schools can use to:

  • create and invite parents to contribute to a child’s individual healthcare plan
  • ask for parental agreement for administering medicine
  • keep a record of medicine administered to children
  • keep a record of staff training in administration of medicines

Statutory guidance sets out what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.

Published 1 September 2014
Last updated 16 August 2017 + show all updates
  1. Extended the review date to autumn 2017.

  2. Updates to the main document include clarifying the distinction between statutory and non-statutory guidance and adding references to the SEND code of practice.

  3. First published.