Diabetes award for school

Ken Herbert, Diabetes UK volunteer, Head Teacher Judy Walker and Maria Moore, pastoral support staff member
Ken Herbert, Diabetes UK volunteer, Head Teacher Judy Walker and Maria Moore, pastoral support staff member

A school has received a special award that celebrates schools which provide great care and support to children and young people with Type 1 diabetes.

The Prescot School has won Diabetes UK’s Good Diabetes Care in School Awards a new recognition scheme introduced by the charity in September 2015 to raise the profile of schools across the UK that are providing good care and support to children and young people with Type 1 diabetes.

The school was chosen by an assessment panel which included parents and representatives from Diabetes UK. It has been recognised for the support it provides to ensure children with Type 1 at their school are fully included in all school activities and receive the care they deserve.

Head teacher Judy Walker said: “We are delighted to win Diabetes UK’s Good Diabetes Care in School Award. We have a number of students in our school who have Type 1 diabetes and we take our responsibility to provide them with the support and care they need to manage their condition safely in school very seriously.

“We have worked extremely closely with students, parents, and school staff to ensure that the right care is in place, and that children and young people with Type 1 diabetes have the same opportunities as their peers who do not have the condition and are able to fully participate in their education and so reach their full academic potential.”

The school were presented with the special award which is valid for two years on May 23.

Supporting children to manage their diabetes well is also key to enabling them to get the best from their education and school activities.

The charity says that the Good Diabetes Care in School Award shows that good diabetes care in schools is achievable and presents an opportunity to share best practice amongst schools, helping to ensure that all students with diabetes get the support they need and can therefore achieve their full academic potential.

Recognising that some schools will have concerns about how to support students with diabetes, as part of its Type 1 diabetes: Make the Grade Campaign, Diabetes UK has created free resources to help parents and schools get the right care in place.

Along with this the charity has launched a Care in Schools Helpline which provides parents of children and young people with Type 1 diabetes in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with information and support around the care their child is entitled to receive at school.

The charity is urging school staff, parents and healthcare professionals to nominate schools providing good care for the award. Any nominations received after June will go into the next year’s award cycle which will begin in September 2017.

Stephen Ryan, Head of the North at Diabetes UK said: “The Prescot School are providing outstanding care and support to children and young people with Type 1 diabetes which is why they have become one of the first schools in the country to receive our Good Diabetes Care in School Award. We urge all schools, both here in Merseyside and across the country, to follow the school’s example as good care in schools means that children and young people with diabetes stay healthy and get the best from their education. The fact that The Prescot School are doing such a fantastic job of supporting students with Type 1 diabetes shows that good care is achievable in all schools.”

“This year’s award will run until June 2016 so it’s not too late for other parents, healthcare professionals and school staff to nominate schools who are providing outstanding care. We want all children and young with Type 1 diabetes to get the care and support they need to lead full and active lives.”

For more information on the Good Diabetes Care in School Award visit:

www.diabetes.org.uk/school-award