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Medication In School


Medication in school


In cases of chronic illness or long term complaints such as asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis or epilepsy.

This information will be updated regularly and recorded on the pink card in the school office, it will also be recorded on the computer database and noted on the front of the child’s buff record folder. At the beginning of each year a class list with this information is circulated to each classteacher.

We may be provided with an Individual Health Care Plan from the child’s parents, GP or the school health service.

We can also request support from the School Health Service who need to know about the child’s condition.

In cases where children are recovering from short term illness, but are well enough to return to school.

In these cases the school should receive a note confirming that the child is well enough to return to school whilst still requiring medication, if possible this should be from the G.P.



Whenever it is practicable the parent should administer the medication. We can encourage parents to come into school or suggest that the child goes home at lunchtime to receive their medication.

Whenever a member of staff is asked to deal with the administration of medicines in school the parent must complete a Medication Form on the link below.

This form:

  • provides brief details of the condition, the medication and the dosage required
  • indemnifies the Headteacher and staff against claims arising from the maladministration and neglect. 

we must always  exercise the responsibility of a reasonable and careful parent


The form makes it clear that medication cannot be given in school when:

-          the medication is dangerous

-          the timing and nature of the administration is of vital importance

-          serious consequences could arise from a member of staff forgetting to administer a dose

-          technical or medical expertise is necessary

-          intimate contact is necessary, unless adequate training has been provided


If a member of staff accepts responsibility for administering the medication it must be kept in a safe place away from children.

In no circumstances should any medication be left in coats or bags in the cloakroom. Inhalers should not be kept by younger pupils – teachers will need to make a place available for children to keep their inhalers so that they can have access to them whenever they are needed.

Many children with long term conditions prefer to administer their own medication, we will encourage this independence wherever possible.


Any medication brought to school must be appropriately labelled with the contents, child’s name, dosage required and expiry date .

Wherever possible, only the amount of medication required for that day should be brought to school (pharmacists will provide an extra container for this purpose). Medicines must not be brought to school in glass containers.

In no circumstances will any member of staff administer an injection unless correct training has been provided.


No member of staff must ever administer analgesics (painkillers) to children unless they have written instructions from parents. The first course of action must always be to contact parents to have them administer the pain reliever or to take the child home.

Each person who administers medicine must:


  • receive a copy of this policy
  • read any written permission information/instructions relating to the medicine to be taken
  • confirm the name of pupil, dosage and frequency
  • be aware of any related Health Care Plan
  • be aware of possible adverse reactions and know the relevant first aider to contact with any concerns
  • undertake any necessary hygiene precautions
  • ensure that all medicines are returned to be stored safely
  • treat all medical matters with confidentiality



Appendices to this policy includes a code of practice for dealing with...


·         allergy / anaphylaxis

·         a.d.h.d. / a.d.d.

·         asthma

·         diabetes

·         continence

·         epilepsy

and a collections of forms that may need to be filled in at various times




       HHPS-October 2012