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Students: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Question for Department for Education

UIN 3577, tabled on 6 July 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to raise awareness of Inflammatory bowel disease and its effect on students' attainment.

Answered on

17 July 2017

We know how important it is that children with medical conditions are supported to enjoy a full education. That is why we introduced a new duty to require governing bodies to make arrangements to support pupils with medical conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, and have provided statutory guidance outlining schools’ responsibilities in this area.

We continue to work with Ofsted, and organisations such as the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance who have experience in supporting children with medical conditions, to help raise awareness of the duty.