Help in school
Information to support young migraine sufferers in school
Information to support you
We have information to help parents and carers to support young migraine sufferers (aged 5-16 years old) in schools in the UK. Our guidance covers how to manage migraine in school and your rights, with template letters and forms to help you advocate for yourself or your child. Our information will also be useful to teachers, schools and health professionals when supporting children with migraine.
Individual healthcare plan
If you are finding it difficult to get support for your child in school you can download our individual healthcare plan template to help you get support for your child in school. An individualised healthcare plan is an agreement between a parent/carer, a child’s school and health professionals that identifies specific medical needs and the support a child requires while under school supervision.
Supporting children with medical needs in school
All schools are required to formulate a medical conditions policy that outlines how they will support children with medical conditions, the procedures for getting the right support and training in place and individuals responsible for making sure the policy is carried out. A medical conditions policy should also set out procedures for managing medications that need to be taken during school, trips or outings, and set out responsibilities of staff supervising the administration of medicines. If your child requires prescription or non-prescription medication in school to manage their migraine it is important for you as the parent/carer to submit your consent in witting to your child’s school. You can download our template letter to help you do this. More information on formulating a medical conditions policy is available at www://medicalconditionsatschool.org.uk/
Frequently asked questions
How can migraine impact on a child’s education/affect them at school?
Migraine can have a significant impact on a child’s attendance and performance in school. Migraine attacks can disrupt a child’s ability to go to school and enjoy social activities. The debilitating impact of a migraine attack can prevent a child from participating in after school activities. When a child has an attack in school they may need support to help them recover or avoid triggers.
Is there any support available for a child with migraine at school?
The Migraine Trust recommends that it is good practice for an individualised healthcare plan (IHP) to be put in place for all children whose migraine is significantly impacting on their education. An IHP identifies a child’s medical needs and the support they require from the school. A child’s IHP should set out what will happen if an attack occurs at school, and if the child is unable to attend school due to a migraine attack. This document should be completed in partnership with the child, parent/carer, school and medical professionals, and shared amongst key members of staff. Headteachers, school governors and responsible bodies are the responsible body for ensuring that a migraine sufferer has an IHP and this is being carried out. For more information see our ‘Help in school’ document above.
Who is responsible/what should we do next?
Your child’s school is responsible for providing support for your child whilst under school supervision. If your child’s education is negatively affected by their migraine condition you should contact your child’s school to arrange a meeting to discuss your child’s needs. You should request to meet with the appropriate person in your child’s school such as the teacher, headteacher or head of year. You should make this request in writing and ensure that the school nurse or teaching assistant attend the meeting. You may want to consider whether you wish for your child to be present at this meeting. For more information see our ‘Help in school’ document above.