A written statement from Education Secretary Michael Gove announced plans to introduce a “clear requirement on all types of state schools”. Schools will have to take “reasonable action” to provide extra support. Campaign group Diabetes UK welcomed the announcement as a “major step” that could affect a million children.
The announcement, in a written ministerial statement, responds to concerns that some children are being excluded from a good education because of their underlying health problems.
It aims to clarify the rights of families concerned about how their children’s health problems might affect their education.
Asthma UK says that on average there are two children in every class with asthma.
“Whilst a vast majority of schools take these issues seriously, it is clear some families have had poor experiences,” says the statement from Mr Gove.
“This new duty, underpinned by statutory guidance, will help schools to ensure that they are taking reasonable action to support children with medical conditions, where necessary.”
The change will be introduced as an amendment to the Children and Families Bill.
The proposals say that although most schools already make provisions, this will set out a clear framework of expectations.