It is important that professionals understand education policy to ensure children with medical needs receive the educational support that they need.
There are three key pieces of statutory guidance/legislation which set out school’s and local authority’s duties to children with medical needs. These are:
- Ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs (2013) - This is guidance for local authorities to ensure they provide suitable full time education for children who are unable to attend school because of their health.
- Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions (2014) - This is guidance for schools to ensure they fulfil their duty to support children with medical conditions.
- The SEN Code of Practice (2014) - This is guidance for schools, local authorities and health and social care staff to ensure that the SEND reforms are put in place.
Other key pieces of legislation/guidance to note
- Equality Act (2010) - This legislation protects people from discrimination in society – this includes disabled children in school
- The Children and Families Act (2014) - This is new legislation which underpins all the new SEN and disability and medical conditions in education reforms
- School Attendance guidance (2013) This is guidance for local authorities and school staff on pupil attendance
- Alternative Provision: A guide for local authorities, head teachers and governing bodies of schools, pupil referral units and other providers of alternative provision (2013) - This is guidance for local authorities and schools on the use of alternative provision (e.g. education provided in hospital schools, at home or in a medical pupil referral unit).
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