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Medical needs

  • Determine if the child or young person is under the care of health professionals and if so, work with parent carers and the special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) to gain up to date assessment information.
  • Consider the adaptations needed to ensure that the child or young person is able to access learning with their peers as much as possible.
  • Work with other professionals and parent carers to share strategies and advice to support the child or young person.
  • Use adapted equipment to facilitate access to specific activities throughout the school day. e.g. cutlery, crockery, scissors.
  • Undertake a detailed handover with the child or young person’s previous teacher to have a clear understanding of strengths, coping strategies and needs. Include consideration for their broader development and emotional well-being, such as opportunities to develop confidence and friendships.
  • Ensure that transition arrangements have been put into place prior to the child or young person’s (CYP’s) entry to class. This would include ensuring that the necessary adaptations are in place, such as:
    • Undertaking appropriate moving and handling training.
    • Obtaining support equipment e.g. work chairs, walkers, standing frames, hoists.
    • Ensuring that appropriate accessibility plans are in place. e.g. personal emergency evacuation plan.
    • Undertake appropriate care training and use of schools hygiene suites.
    • Procuring and knowing how to use / maintain operated life skills and curriculum equipment.
  • Absence from school due to medical needs may require a reintegration plan to address learning gaps – consider talking to your SENCO or lead professional about this. 

Last updated 3 September 2020

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