Asthma friendly schools

The asthma friendly schools (AFS) programme sets out clear, effective partnership arrangements between health, education and local authorities for managing children and young people with asthma at primary and secondary schools.

The asthma friendly schools programme will help you to meet standards 11, 17, 18, 39.

This includes the adoption of government policy on emergency inhalers and early years settings, such as:

  • Children’s centres having access to education programmes for the wheezers.
  • Children and young people have an individual healthcare /action plan in place.

It also means that schools should have the following in place:

1. Register of all children and young people with asthma.

2. Management plan for each child.

3. Named individual responsible for asthma in each school.

4. Policy for inhaler techniques and care of the children and young people with asthma.

5. Policy regarding emergency treatment.

6. System for identifying children who are missing school because of their asthma or who are not partaking in sports or other activities due to poor control.

Make yours an asthma friendly school

A range of helpful resources including the schools’ guide, presentations, asthma and allergy recommendations for schools, asthma friendly schools business proposal, schools service specifications and a job description for paediatric asthma nurse are available:

Asthma posters to display in primary schools

Why not put these posters up for World Asthma Day which takes place every year on the first Tuesday in May, or #AskAboutAsthma which is held in September. From 2022 onwards, the campaign will take place one week ahead of week 38, where nationally, there is a rise in asthma attacks following the return to school after the summer holidays:


More Resources

 Asthma innovation and Research team run a schools programme providing asthma education through training medical students. They have also developed some useful resources for children including the Asthmanauts comic book intending to help children with asthma learn more about their condition and how to use their inhalers. Parents and carers can help their child complete the comic book.



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