Teaching students with diabetes
The increasing prevalence of diabetes in younger people means that as a teacher it is highly likely you will have a student with diabetes in your class at sometime in your career.
A student with diabetes can do everything their peers do but, because of their diabetes, they may need:
- special consideration
- extra supervision
- extra toilet privileges
- to eat at additional times, especially with sport
- extra consideration if unwell
- special provisions for privacy if testing blood glucose levels and injecting insulin at school is necessary.
Duty of care
Schools have a legal responsibility to provide:
- a safe environment
- adequate supervision.
When the school knows that certain students have diabetes, staff (including relief staff) need to know enough about diabetes to ensure the safety of those students (especially in regard to hypoglycaemia and safety in sport). Parents/guardians have a responsibility to advise the school of their child’s medical condition and the particular requirements for the management of their child’s diabetes. For children with special requirements, a written individual management plan incorporating medical recommendations should be developed with the school in collaboration with the parents/guardians and doctor. This should be attached to the student’s records.
Diabetes information for school teachers
Contact your state or territory diabetes office for information about strategies to support children living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes in your local area.
For more resources view the 'School' page where you can find links to Mastering Diabetes, a special resource to help support children at school and our Diabetes in Schools Report.