Can a spoonful of medicine help our ailing school nurse service?

With the number of school nurses plummeting, a new scheme has been launched to revitalise this support service – but not everyone is in favour of the proposals

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I have vague but warm memories of the nurse at my secondary school. The nurse’s station was a quiet enclave away from the tumult of the school corridors, with comfy chairs and a minimalist order to it.

Pupils could drop in when they liked. For some, the station was simply a place for time out – no nurture rooms in the 1980s. Often the “headache” a pupil complained of was just code for school being too much, with bullying or struggles in the classroom the real reason for stopping by.

The nurse herself had an easy sense of matriarchal authority: stern if necessary, but in no rush to shoo away ...

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