1. Introduction and Legislative Compliance
1.1. This policy is written in line with the requirements of:
- Children and Families Act 2014, section 100
- Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions: statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of academies in England, DfE (updated December 2015)
- Mental Health and Behaviour in schools: departmental advice for school staff, DfE (updated March 2016)
- The Special Educational Needs and Disability regulations 2014
- The Equality Act 2010
- School admissions code: statutory guidance for admission authorities, governing bodies, local authorities, schools adjudicators and admission appeals panels, DfE (updated December 2014)
1.2. Some children with medical conditions may be considered to be disabled under the definition set out in the Equality Act (2010); where this is the case, all schools have duties towards individual disabled children and young people. They must make reasonable adjustments, including the provision of auxiliary aids and services required by disabled children and young people to prevent them being put at a substantial disadvantage.
1.3. Some may also have special educational needs (SEN) and may have a statement or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP); where this is the case all schools in England must have regard to the Code of Practice (2015) as it provides statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and associated regulations. Schools must fulfil their statutory duties towards children and young people with SEN or disabilities in light of the guidance set out.
1.4. Therefore, this policy should be read in conjunction with the following Trust-wide and Academy policies: Inclusion policy, SEND Information Report, Safeguarding Policy, Off-Site Visits Policy, Complaints Policy.