At school

Now that you have diabetes, you might have to do things a bit differently at school. Let's find out more.

Your teacher needs to know you have diabetes so they can help look after you.

Your teacher might not know much about diabetes. So you, your parents and your nurse will need to talk to them and explain:

  • blood testing
  • injections or using a pump
  • what hypos are and how to treat them
  • why you might need snacks during lessons or exams.


You will also need to decide:

  • where to keep your diabetes kit during school time
  • where you will test and inject (if you don't want to do it in front of other children, the school will help you find a private place).

Your parents and your teacher (or the class helper) might also want to keep a diabetes diary of things like your test results or if you had a hypo. They can pass this diary between themselves at the start and end of each school day.

Can I do PE?

Yes, but you should check your blood glucose and might need to have a little snack beforehand.

Can I go on school trips?

Yes, but your mum and dad need to know what you’re going to be doing and what food will be available. They might need to meet with the school staff before the trip, to check they know enough about your diabetes.

If it’s an overnight trip, and you can’t do your injection or look after your pump or do your blood test yourself, one of the staff will need to be taught how to do it. Your mum and dad will need to talk to your teacher about this.

At home my mum does my injection and blood tests because I can't do them by myself. I have an injection at lunchtime and check my blood during the day - who will do it at school?

Your school might have some people who have offered to learn how to do your injection and your blood test. If so, your nurse will show them how to do them just like they showed your mum and dad. If your school hasn’t got anyone to help you then your mum or dad and your nurse will find another way to help.

For more information..

If you, or your mum and dad would like more information on diabetes in school, check out our school section, and the Type 1 diabetes: Make the grade campaign. Or you can call the Diabetes UK Helpline for further support. 

You can still do PE as well, but you might need to check your blood glucose levels and have a little snack beforehand. There’s nothing to stop you going on school trips either.

School trips made easy

Your comments

"I'm 10 years old. I started doing my own lunchtime injection two years ago and find it very easy. I  go into a small room with my office teacher and she stands with me all the time. It was scary to start with but you get use to it. Thanks for reading."

- Alfie

"I was diagnosed nearly two months ago now. in school i have lots of great friends who are always carefully inspecting me to make sure i am not having hypo/hyper!the person i sit next to in class has a mum with diabets type 1 too! (so it is really useful knowing that there is someone in the class who also experiences diabetes in her family. i think it is alright having diabetes - it can sometimes feel like i am being left out however i know i am in safe hands!

- Sarah

"Lots of people at my school are aware of my condition. they know what to do if i feel low, or don't look very well,i guess that diabetes is not THAT worrying"

– Victoria

"I am alright with having diabetes, especially having food with my lessons. I found out I had diabetes 5 days ago and was very ill, I have Type 1."

– Millie

"My school is great!  My diabetic specialist nurse visited along with my parents and gave them some advise.  They do my blood sugar monitors and injections.  They keep in close contact with my mum and they keep snacks in the classroom and emergancy kit.  My teacher has a photo of me our class with details of hypo/hyper and all my info just in case she is off, that way someone else can see this information. We live in Angus in Scotland."

 - Cameron

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