The RCGP has created a guideline document for schools dealing with headaches and migraine in its pupils.
Schools need to develop policies for health problems in the light of their statutory responsibilities and their own assessment of local needs and resources. Extensive guidance to developing a school policy is provided by Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Settings (Department of Health, 2005) which supersedes the previous document Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs. Parents have prime responsibility for their children’s health needs and should provide schools with information about their relevant medical conditions. However in the case of headache, invariably the impact of headache on the sufferer is not fully appreciated or taken seriously by the parent. The school is an important setting to identify this problem.