A spoonful of advice on administering medication

The lack of proper training and clear guidelines for delivering drugs to pupils can make it difficult for teachers to know how to meet the needs of children with health conditions. Hannah Flynn looks at best practice and legal obligations

Magazine article image

Do I have to do it?”

This is the most common question that teachers ask the NEU teaching union about the administration of medication at school, according to its policy officer, Sarah Lyons.

In case you were wondering, the answer to that question is no.

Teachers can only administer medicines voluntarily and school staff cannot be required to offer medical support to children with health conditions unless it is written into their contract, Lyons says. But how many of your staff would be able to recite this guidance?

The fact that so many teachers have to ask whether they should be expected ...

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.

Subscribe now