Supporting pupils with medical needs

Schools must follow the statutory guidance on supporting pupils with medical conditions, published by the Department for Education (December 2015).

The Specialist Teacher (Physical and Neurological Impairment) advises schools on individual health care plans for pupils with medical conditions, in conjunction with the relevant health professionals.

Supporting children with medical needs in schools – this short training video (17 mins) describes how to support children with medical needs in schools (originally presented at SENCO Conference 2017).

Case study – Adapting to meet medical needs alongside personalised learning in a secondary school

Useful information

Health Conditions in Schools Alliance (30 organisations who work collaboratively to make sure children with health conditions get the care they need in school) – the website offers guidance and tools to schools who are looking after children with health conditions.

Together for Short Lives – Helping children who need palliative care to access education (2015) – a resource for schools, colleges and early years providers who are supporting pupils with life-limiting or life-threatening medical conditions






  • – this website provides an overview of the condition with advice on how teachers can help a child with eczema to integrate into both their class and the school routine; parent/teacher meeting and eczema planning checklists; and a series of lesson plans, including a variety of activities and resources for different suggested age ranges


  • – this website includes resources for schools which help to increase epilepsy awareness and break down the stigma around it: Primary Schools Teacher’s guide to epilepsy and Secondary Schools Teacher’s guide to epilepsy
  • – the Epilepsy Action website includes information for teachers and support staff for school-age children to increase knowledge and understanding of epilepsy and provide a guide to best practice for the support of pupils living with the condition. The Education and Epilepsy page helps schools develop plans to support all pupils with epilepsy, but is particularly useful for those pupils whose epilepsy is not under control. The information provided also raises awareness of the possible educational implications of epilepsy and suggests strategies to overcome any difficulties. Free online training is available for schools and teachers, as well as classroom resources and an epilepsy toolkit.


  • – Shine provides specialist support from before birth and throughout the life of anyone living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, as well as to parents, families, carers and professional care staff. The website explains the conditions Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.  Resources include a ‘Tips for Teachers’, a DVD and accompanying booklet which offers parents and teachers more of an insight into how to facilitate the best education for children with hydrocephalus, and a series of books for children.
  • – this website includes a range of information and publications for education settings who support pupils with hydrocephalus.