UK – In a collaborative effort, the Benedict Blythe Foundation, the Independent Schools’ Bursar Association (ISBA), and The Allergy Team have launched the School Allergy Code—an innovative initiative to enhance safety for pupils with food hypersensitivity in UK schools.

This pioneering code of practice is a response to the lag in allergy management in the UK, where up to eight percent of children grapple with food allergies.

Despite the prevalence of food allergies affecting one or two children in every class of 30, doctors argue that the UK lags behind global standards in managing allergies in school settings, putting pupils at risk of life-threatening reactions.

The School Allergy Code seeks to bridge this gap and set a new standard for allergy management in educational institutions.

The Schools Allergy Code and its accompanying checklist provide free resources covering crucial aspects of allergy management, including awareness, emergency response protocols, training, and policies. This comprehensive framework aims to equip schools with the tools they need to ensure the safety and well-being of pupils with food allergies.

Schools in the UK committed to exemplary allergy management can apply to join a Register maintained by The Allergy Team.

Through assessment, schools meeting the criteria outlined in the Code will be awarded a trust mark. This recognition signifies their dedication to implementing and practicing the guidelines, instilling confidence in parents seeking safe educational environments for their allergic children.

Families navigating school choices for allergic children will have access to the Register, allowing them to identify schools that meet the high standards of allergy management set by the School Allergy Code.

This transparency empowers parents to make informed decisions, knowing that their child’s safety is a priority in the chosen educational institution.

The Benedict Blythe Foundation, founded in memory of five-year-old Benedict Blythe, played a crucial role in creating the Schools Allergy Code. Benedict’s tragic allergic reaction at school underscored the need for inclusive and safe educational environments. The foundation is committed to advocating for the well-being of pupils with allergies.

John Murphie, Chief Operating Officer of the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association, heralds the Schools Allergy Code as a “game-changer for safety in schools.”

He encourages all schools to adopt the code and join the Register, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing allergy management as a critical aspect of safeguarding in educational settings.

As the School Allergy Code takes center stage, it signifies a pivotal shift in prioritizing the safety and inclusivity of allergic pupils, heralding a new era where educational institutions are equipped to meet the unique needs of children with food hypersensitivity.

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