Events for school staff

We are pleased to run regular events for school staff. The purpose of these sessions is to improve general understanding of food allergy, build staff confidence to manage this medical condition and to share practical tips to help keep pupils safer.

“The presentation was informative and pitched at just the right level. One of the best webinars I have attended.”

Justin Aitken
Health & Safety Manager
Thomas’s London Day Schools

Expert webinar programme:

Building whole school allergy awareness: what does this really mean and why does it matter?

Presentation and Q&A with James Gardner,
Consultant Nurse in Paediatric Allergy and Sarah Knight, CEO and co-founder of The Allergy Team.

Friday 16th June
12-1 pm

Free to all, with priority access to School Members of The Allergy Team.

Building allergy awareness throughout your school is really important to embed best practice, develop robust policies and to keep pupils safer. But what does whole-school awareness really mean, what does it look like and how is it achieved?

This topic will be explored in a joint presentation and Q&A with James Gardner who is a Consultant Nurse in Paediatric Allergy and Sarah Knight, co-founder and CEO of The Allergy Team. The discussion will include:

  • How to build whole-school awareness
  • Talking to all pupils about food allergies
  • Growing allergy awareness in an age-appropriate way
  • Communication with families

James has extensive experience working in the NHS and in private practice and has supported dozens of schools to ensure they are safe and inclusive for pupils with food allergies. Sarah’s sons have life-threatening food allergies and she brings a parent’s perspective, as well as being able to draw on her work conducting Allergy Reviews and delivering training with The Allergy Team.

This expert Q&A is free to attend but please register to let us know you will be attending. Please note, priority access will be given to staff from our Member Schools.

Previous event:

Why food allergy matters: supporting your school

Sarah Knight, Co-founder of The Allergy Team and Professor Adam Fox, Paediatric Consultant in Allergy.

Wednesday 26th April 2023

The Allergy Team was delighted to deliver this webinar in partnership with Towergate Insurance and The Education Broker.

Allergy is the most common chronic condition in childhood and in school-aged children 20% of allergic reactions happen at school. Managing pupils’ allergies can be challenging: from risk reduction and managing inclusion, to making sure you are fully prepared if you face a serious allergic reaction.

Aimed at senior leaders, this presentation and Q&A gave an overview of what allergy management best practice looks like in schools looks like and how to keep pupils safe.

Sarah Knight is Co-founder and CEO of The Allergy Team and mother to two boys with life-threatening food allergies. The Allergy Team is dedicated to making schools safer and has delivered training to over a thousand members of staff. Professor Adam Fox is Professor of Paediatric Allergy at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals. He is among the allergy experts who have called for an overhaul in allergy management in education settings and was involved in creating a new model allergy policy template for schools.

What schools say about The Allergy Team’s events for staff:

“All schools should be listening to your webinar as it highlighted so well the complexities of dealing with food allergies in schools and yet there is abundant good practice and advice out there to ensure risk is minimised.”

Jenny Pittam
Interim Head of Contract Catering Services, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

“The webinar was a very useful and expert overview of key issues and good practice from which we will take a number of things to help further support our pupils with allergies.”

David Ticker
Newcastle School for Boys

Online drop-in sessions for School Members

Staff from any of our Member Schools are welcome to drop in during one of our online sessions to ask questions, chat about recent experiences or share best practices. The drop-ins are on Zoom and we run them every half term. Please register to let us know you will be dropping in.

Wednesday 21st June 2023 (12-1 pm)

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