On 1 September 2014 a new duty came into force for governing bodies to make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions: Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions Statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of academies in England December 2015. The statutory guidance is intended to help governing bodies meet their legal responsibilities and sets out the arrangements they will be expected to make, based on good practice. The aim is to ensure that all children with medical conditions, in terms of both physical and mental health, are properly supported in school so that they can play a full and active role in school life, remain healthy and achieve their academic potential.


Key points:


• Pupils at school with medical conditions should be properly supported so that they have full access to education, including school trips and physical education.


• Governing bodies must ensure that arrangements are in place in schools to support pupils at school with medical conditions.


• Governing bodies should ensure that school leaders consult health and social care professionals, pupils and parents to ensure that the needs of children with medical conditions are properly understood and effectively supported.


In order to ensure that STARS effectively supports pupils with medical conditions we use an Individual healthcare Plan (IHCP) for all pupils who attend the Drapers centre. (This is different to an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).) They provide clarity about what needs to be done, when and by whom. These are completed with the parent/carer on the home visit and are reviewed by the school nurse and any other medical professional as appropriate. IHCPs are then reviewed regularly throughout the year, according to need, and at least annually. 

It is the parent/carer’s responsibility to inform STARS of any changes.

The template STARS uses is the one provided by the Department for Education (DfE) on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/supporting-pupils-at-school-with-medical-conditions--3

A copy of the form for an IHCP

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Individual Healthcare Plan

Name of school/setting

Sutton Tuition and Reintegration Service

Pupil’s name


Date of birth





Pupil’s address



Medical diagnosis or condition








Review date






Family Contact Information




Relationship to pupil


Phone no. (work)








Relationship to pupil


Phone no. (work)







Clinic/Hospital Contact




Phone no.







Phone no.




Who is responsible for providing support in school













Describe medical needs and give details of pupil’s symptoms, triggers, signs, treatments, facilities, equipment or devices, environmental issues etc







Name of medication, dose, method of administration, when to be taken, side effects, contra-indications, administered by/self-administered with/without supervision







Daily care requirements







Specific support for the pupil’s educational, social and emotional needs





Arrangements for school visits/trips etc







Other information







Describe what constitutes an emergency, and the action to take if this occurs







Who is responsible in an emergency (state if different for off-site activities)






Plan developed with







Staff training needed/undertaken – who, what, when







Form copied to







Parental agreement for setting to administer medicine

The school/setting will not give your pupil medicine unless you complete and sign this form, and the school or setting has a policy that the staff can administer medicine.

Date for review to be initiated by


Name of school/setting

Sutton Tuition and Reintegration Service

Name of pupil


Date of birth





Medical condition or illness







Name/type of medicine

(as described on the container)


Expiry date






Dosage and method






Special precautions/other instructions


Are there any side effects that the school/setting needs to know about?


Self-administration – y/n


Procedures to take in an emergency




NB: Medicines must be in the original container as dispensed by the pharmacy


Contact Details



Daytime telephone no.


Relationship to pupil




I understand that I must deliver the medicine personally to

[agreed member of staff]












The above information is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate at the time of writing and I give consent to school/setting staff administering medicine in accordance with the school/setting policy. I will inform the school/setting immediately, in writing, if there is any change in dosage or frequency of the medication or if the medicine is stopped.

Signature(s)________________________               Date________________________________