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School wins award for supporting Type 1 pupils

Pil Primary school in Pyle has won a Good Diabetes Care in School Award for providing great care to pupils with Type 1 diabetes.

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Diabetes UK believes that every child and young person with Type 1 diabetes deserves the same opportunities as their friends, and parents should be confident that they are looked after properly in school.

These awards recognise the support schools provide to help students manage their diabetes safely and play a full part in all aspects of school life.

One-to-one support

Pil Primary has supported several pupils with Type 1 diabetes over the years, including Tia Hart-Prescott, 9, a pupil in Year 4.

Tia was diagnosed when she was 18 months old. She is supported one-to-one at school by Julie Tell, a full-time Special Needs Support Assistant.

Julie monitors Tia’s insulin pump, tests her blood sugar levels, accompanies her on school trips and supports her during PE lessons. Several other members of staff at the school are trained to cover for Mrs Tell if required.

Reaching their full potential

Neil Pryce, head teacher at Pil Primary School, said, “We are delighted to receive this award. We have had three pupils with Type 1 diabetes previously, meaning staff training has been in place for a number of years to support pupils as they move through the school.

“Mrs Tell supervises Tia’s health and wellbeing and makes sure Tia is listened to and her views taken into account. This support means Tia is able to access all areas of the curriculum and wider school life.

“We work closely with parents, school staff and students to make sure the right care is in place so they can participate in all activities and reach their full academic potential.”

Tia’s mum, Sarah Prescott, said, “Tia has had one-to-one help at school since she was in nursery. Julie helps her manage her insulin and food and notices any symptoms of hypos. Tia is flourishing thanks to the excellent support she has in school.”

Congratulations to Pil Primary School - keep up the great work!

Find out more about the Good Diabetes Care in School Award.

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