Jamie Reed MP has presented a special award, on behalf of Diabetes UK, to Ennerdale and Kinniside Primary School in celebration of the great care and support that they provide to children and young people with Type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes UK’s Good Diabetes Care in School Awards are a new recognition scheme introduced by the charity in September 2015 to raise the profile of schools across the UK that are providing good care and support to children and young people with Type 1 diabetes.
The school was chosen by an assessment panel which included parents and representatives from Diabetes UK. It has been recognised for the support it provides to ensure children with Type 1 at their school are fully included in all school activities and receive the care they deserve. The award is valid for two years.
Diabetes UK have been vocal about the importance of ensuring that children and young people are supported in school to help them keep their blood glucose to target levels, and they have created resources to support schools and parents to achieve good care.
In the short-term, high or low blood glucose levels can make a child extremely unwell, and in the long-term, high blood glucose levels can increase risk of serious complications such as amputation, blindness and stroke later in life. The charity says that supporting children to manage their diabetes well is also key to enabling them to get the best from their education and school activities.
Diabetes UK says that the Good Diabetes Care in School Award shows that good diabetes care in schools is achievable and presents an opportunity to share best practice amongst schools, helping to ensure that all students with diabetes get the support they need and can therefore achieve their full academic potential.
Diabetes UK is appealing to school staff, parents and healthcare professionals to nominate schools providing good care for the Good Diabetes Care in School Award. Nominations received after July 2017 will go into the next year’s award cycle which will begin in September 2017.
Speaking at the award presentation, Copeland MP Jamie Reed said:
““I am very pleased to be here to recognise and celebrate the hard work of Ennerdale and Kinniside Primary School to ensure that pupils with Type 1 diabetes have the care and support they need to get the most out of their education.
“Ennerdale and Kinniside Primary School’s excellent efforts show that diabetes shouldn’t stop anybody from achieving their potential. This is why I am supporting Diabetes UK’s Make the Grade campaign, so that every school provides this level of support for children with Type 1 diabetes.”
Head Teacher, David Moore said:
“We are delighted to win Diabetes UK’s Good Diabetes Care in School Award. We have a number of students in our school who have Type 1 diabetes and we take our responsibility to provide them with the support and care they need to manage their condition safely in school very seriously.
“We have worked extremely closely with students, parents, and school staff to ensure that the right care is in place, and that children and young people with Type 1 diabetes have the same opportunities as their peers who do not have the condition and are able to fully participate in their education and so reach their full academic potential.”
Stephen Ryan, Head of the North at Diabetes UK added:
“Ennerdale and Kinniside Primary School have demonstrated that they are meeting best practice in the support they provide for children and young people with Type 1 diabetes, which is why they have become a recipient of our Good Diabetes Care in School Award.
“We urge all schools, both here in Ennerdale and across the country, to follow the school’s example as good care in schools means that children and young people with diabetes stay healthy and get the best from their education. The fact that Ennerdale and Kinniside Primary School are doing such a fantastic job of supporting students with Type 1 diabetes shows that good care is achievable in all schools.”