* Find out about the condition
* Keep in touch with the child's home and hospital, and supply work where appropriate
* Help classmates keep in touch
* Will climbing stairscarrying a bag writing and drawing be problematic?
* Would it help to have two sets of textbooks, one kept at home?
* Does medication affect the child's mood or ability to concentrate?
Curriculum and timetable difficulties
* What work has been missed?
* Are any tests due that the child does not know of?
* Have classrooms and teachers changed?
Pastoral and social issues
* Does the child want classmates to know about his or her condition?
* Has the child's appearance changed?
* Are there signs of teasing and bullying?
* Will clubs and teams welcome the child back?
* Even if a child is not up to par, can he or she still join a squad, choir or band?
Source: the Chelsea Children's Hospital school, London