The Anaphylaxis Campaign has successfully lobbied for all schools to be required by law to support pupils with allergies.
As the announcement was made in Parliament, Oswaldtwistle teacher Domenico Sanna said it was great news for youngsters struggling with severe conditions.
But, presumably, not great news for schools, who will now need to draft policy that will, inevitably, err of the side of extreme caution. So not good news for children who will be denied peanut butter sandwiches or bananas or anything else that might trigger an allergic reaction.
Domenico said: “It is reassuring to know this will be guaranteed by law. It is also important systems ensure children are not ostracised because of allergies that they have no control over.
“A wider awareness of anaphylaxis is needed in general as it’s far more serious than an upset stomach caused by a food intolerance.
“Many people don’t know the difference between the two, which can have serious consequences for someone who has the condition.”
I fail to see how since it’s quite a staple of drama shows, and was even used as a murder weapon in David Tennant’s latest offering!
Mandy East, national co-ordinator at the Anaphylaxis Campaign, said: “This decision will bring real hope to many families of children who live with severe allergies and who are struggling to get the support they need.
“But this will need to be backed up with statutory guidance that shows schools what is needed to support children with health conditions.”
I fear that will be interpreted rather differently from what is hoped, thus causing more resentment and ‘special status’ for these children.