Diabetes in Schools

If your child has Type 1 diabetes, we know there’s a lot to think about, especially if your child has recently started school, changed schools or has different teachers.


Or maybe you’re a teacher or school caring for children and young people living with Type 1 diabetes and looking for guidance on the best care to put in place. That’s why we’re here to help.


This section is packed full of information and support to help ensure all children with Type 1 diabetes get the support and care they deserve at school so that they have the same opportunities at school as other children.

Get your free trips and exam booklets now.
Has your child got exams coming up? Or are you planning a school residential trip. Hot off the press for the winter term, you can order print versions of our indispensable school trips and exam booklets.

Information for parents


Information for schools 


Order or download the tools

School pack for parents and schools

Type 1 diabetes: Make the Grade

Every child with diabetes should have the same opportunities as their friends, and you should be confident they are being looked after properly in school. Our ‘Type 1 diabetes at school’ packs have all the information you and your child’s school need to make sure that’s the case.

Get your free pack today

Award your school

Good Diabetes Care in School Award

Does your school care for children and young people living with diabetes brilliantly? Here's your chance to celebrate and showcase the fantastic care they provide through this unique Award. Nominate your school and see which schools are making the grade.

Nominate your school

Residential school trips and exam tools – now available in print and digital

If you are a parent or school planning exams and / or school residential trips for children with Type 1 diabetes, look no further. These practical tools now available in print and digital will help you make sense of the planning process so that you can get on with successful school trips and exams.

Order or download the tools

Spreading awareness

We’ve got a range of presentations ready to go if you think the school, or your child’s classmates, could learn a bit more about diabetes.

See the presentations

Support our work with the Health Conditions in School Alliance

Safe in School

Diabetes UK chairs the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance and together we have already changed the law to get better care in England. We’re now asking Government to do more to make sure that schools know what their duty is and that they are doing it.

To find out how you can support it go to:


View the petition 

School resources

From online tools for school trips and exams to a downloadable sample medical conditions policy and healthcare plans - we have lots of resources available to support you and your school.

Downloadable resources

A Helpline just for you

Our Care in School Helpline provides rights-based information and support to make sure your child is happy and healthy at school (and that you know their rights).

Find out more

Support for children and young people

If you’ve got a younger child, have they seen our My Life website? There’s some great stories, fun games and simple information they might like to read.

Or, if your child is now a teen, check out the films in schools that were made by 11–17 year olds. There’s a brilliant range of inspiring and entertaining videos to watch all about school life.

What's for lunch?

It doesn’t have to be ham sandwiches every day. If you want to mix it up, we’ve got some easy, healthy packed lunch ideas to help.

Packed lunch ideas

Student films about Type 1 diabetes in school

Kaitlyn's film No Limits won the Best Group Film award in the Diabetes in School Short Film Competition where 11-17 year olds made films about diabetes in school.


View the films

* Scotland and Northern Ireland have developed nation-specific packs with their respective government departments, Making Connections: Supporting Children and Young People with Type 1 Diabetes in Education (Scotland) and What Diabetes Care to Expect in Schools (Northern Ireland). Diabetes Scotland and Diabetes UK Northern Ireland will announce when their packs have been produced, but for now, please order your (UK-wide) Type 1 diabetes at school: Parent pack/School pack.