New rules strengthen support for diabetic pupils

First published in Letters

Sir – I would like to make your readers aware of new rules introduced by the Government to help improve support in school for children with medical conditions, including Type 1 diabetes, epilepsy and asthma.

The new rules have been introduced as a result of the Government’s decision to amend the Children’s and Families Bill so that schools in England are now legally obliged to provide the best support possible for children with medical conditions.

We campaigned for this change, as many children with Type 1 diabetes can struggle to get the extra support they need at school because of their condition, which means they are effectively excluded from taking part in their education.

This is why it is really important that parents and carers in Oxfordshire are aware of these new rules, so that their child does not miss out on this vital support.

Parents in Oxfordshire can also help to spread the word by making schools in the area aware of the changes.

We recognise that some schools may have some concerns about how best to implement these new rules, so we have produced free resources for schools and parents, which provide practical tips and information on how best support children with Type 1 diabetes, so that they are able to make the most of their time at school.

You can order your free schools and parent pack and check out our online schools info at diabetes.org.uk/schools.

Jill Steaton, South East regional manager, Diabetes UK

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