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Pupils: Diabetes

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure children diagnosed with diabetes may not be excluded from education. (244284)

The Government have no plans to bring forward such legislation; the legislative framework is already in place. Schools have a duty under part 4 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001) not to discriminate against disabled pupils and to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that disabled children and young people are not disadvantaged in any way compared to their peers, this includes in extra curricular activities, such as school trips.

This, taken alongside the guidance ‘Managing Medicines in schools and early years' settings’ and the special educational needs code of practice provides a suitable legislative framework to help ensure that children with illnesses, such as diabetes, have the same educational opportunities as their peers.