Schools: Defibrillators

Education written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 11 November 2013, Official Report, column 635, what recent discussions he has had on the provision of defibrillators in schools.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

Since November 2013, the Secretary of State for Education, has been considering the British Heart Foundation's very helpful report which my hon. Friend Andrew Percy, presented to him following an earlier meeting.

At present, Government policy is that it is a matter for individual schools to decide whether to have a defibrillator and to arrange for suitable training of the school workforce in its use. The hon. Member will also wish to note, however, that we have placed an amendment in the Children and Families Bill to create a new duty on governing bodies of maintained schools (and proprietors of academies) to make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions and to have regard to statutory guidance. The guidance is currently being developed in collaboration with members of the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance, schools and with parents and young people. We intend to consult on the draft guidance later this term.

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