Administering medicines in school

Your board is responsible for making sure pupils with medical conditions are supported in school. This includes being administered any medicines they need. Find out how this works in practice, including staff roles and pupils self-administering medication.

Last reviewed on 9 December 2022
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  1. Governing board role
  2. Most schools must have a policy
  3. Your school needs written consent from parents
  4. Staff role
  5. Pupils can administer their own medicines, if possible
  6. Medicines in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Governing board role

Governing boards have a duty to make arrangements for supporting pupils with medical conditions, under section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Boards will usually delegate making these arrangements to the headteacher or another member of school staff. However, the governing board remains legally responsible for making sure this duty is fulfilled. This is explained on page 7 of the Department for Education's (DfE) statutory guidance on supporting pupils with medical conditions at school.

Most schools must have a policy

Your school is required to have a policy on supporting pupils with medical conditions if you’re a:

  • Maintained school (mainstream or special)
  • Academy
  • Free school
  • Pupil referral unit

It's best practice for this to include a section on administering medicines, which staff can then refer to. 

Your board or a committee will review your supporting pupils

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