Medication in school
Many pupils will need to take medication, or be given it at school at some time in their school life. For most, this will be for a short period to allow them to finish a course of antibiotics or apply a lotion.
In some cases there may be a long-term need for pupils to take medication. To allow pupils to take or be given medication at school minimizes the disruption which could be caused by illness and allows their education to proceed at a steady rate alongside their peers. Our aim is to work in partnership with parents, pupils and fellow professionals to ensure that children who require medication during school time are able to receive it in a safe and secure environment which allows them to continue to make progress at school and further their education.
Staff who provide support for pupils with medical needs which may include the administration of medication will be given support by the head teacher, access to necessary information, and receive appropriate training.
Parents need to complete and sign a ‘Request For Administration of Medicines’ form and hand it in to the appropriate member of staff together with the medication.
Medicine must only be brought to school in a suitable container. The container should be clearly labelled with the following information:
- ‘Medicine’ or ‘Emergency Medicine’
- name of the pupil
- mode of administering e.g. oral/aural
- name of the drug
- frequency of administration (This must be prescribed 4 times per day).