To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
(1) what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on local health services training for school staff in the administration of emergency medication for pupils with epilepsy;
(2) whether his review of Managing Medicines in School is considering improvements to advice for the management of children with epilepsy when they have seizures at school.
Discussions between both Departments have resulted in the Child Health Strategy and the Healthy Child Programme and a joint commitment to update and reissue guidance on Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Years Settings.
We would expect schools and local Primary Care Trusts to work together to arrange training that is appropriate to the needs of the pupils and the staff involved.
The revised guidance aims to offer schools and settings appropriate advice and information to supplement the necessary training and support from other agencies. The guidance will include clear statements of those involved in supporting pupils with medical conditions, including schools and primary care trusts. Our intention is to publish the new guidance in spring 2010 which will be supported by an awareness-raising campaign for schools.