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 you need 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 summer 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

Make the grade campaign

Type 1 diabetes: Make the Grade

Every child with diabetes deserves to have the same opportunities as their friends. And you should be confident they're looked after properly in school. Our work and your efforts have really helped improve the care and equal opportunities to children with diabetes in many schools across the country since 2015.

Make the grade campaign page

Award your school

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 give 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're 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

What's for lunch?

Lunch food
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

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 the government to do more so that schools know what their duty is and that they're doing it.

To find out how you can support the Alliance, go to:

www.medicalconditionsatschool.org.uk

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.

From Our ‘Type 1 diabetes at school’ packs, to online tools for school trips and exams and policies and health plans – we have everything you need to support students with diabetes at school.

Download or order our free resources

A helpline just for you

Care in School Helpline Logo

Sometimes it's hard to know what your child's rights are. Our Care in School Helpline gives you rights-based information and the support you need to make sure your child is happy and healthy at school.

Find out more

Support for children and young people

Boy and girl illustration

If you’ve got a younger child, have they seen our My Life website? There are some great stories, fun games and simple information they can 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.

 

Check out My Life

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