schools and colleges

Working together

Schools and colleges play a vital role in supporting a child with Crohn's or colitis.

Education and social life can be seriously affected by the condition and sometimes by the treatments needed to keep it under control, and schools should be understanding of this.

CICRA can also provide leaflets to give to teachers and schools, which will help explain the condition to them.

Section 100 Children and Families Act 2014 places a statutory duty on governing bodies of maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units to make arrangements at school to support pupils with medical conditions. A child’s mental and physical health should be properly supported in school, so that the pupil can play a full and active role in school life, remain healthy and achieve their academic potential.

If parents or a school need a greater understanding of what the school can or should be doing, you may find these documents useful.

supporting pupils with medical conditions in school

It would be wonderful if all children could enjoy good health to see them through their school days but unfortunately some are affected by chronic illnesses such as Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis, the two main types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  Just getting through a day at school can be a challenge for children with these conditions. 

Understanding and support from a school can make a big difference for a child and help them get the most from their education.

Teachers and all staff at school can help a great deal by understanding the seriousness of IBD, how it impacts children and that some flexibility may be necessary. 

If you would like a copy of our new leaflets for teachers that explain the day to day problems children with IBD face, please e-mail:

This factsheet provides information on the duties of schools to support children and young adults with medical needs. It explains the law on illness-related absences, administering medicine within school and individual healthcare plans.

CICRA factsheet on supporting children with medical needs in school.pdf

help with exams

If your child has exams coming up and you/they are worried about the impact of their illness on their preparation, or vice versa, the document below may be useful.

CICRA factsheet on help with exams.pdf