MP welcomes extra help for poorly pupils during class

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South Yorkshire MP John Healey has welcomed a move to better support children with long-term health needs.

The Labour politician, who represents Wentworth and Dearne, has campaigned for years for schools to have plans in place to help pupils with conditions like diabetes, epilepsy and asthma.

Now Lord Nash, a minister with responsibility for schools in the Department for Education, has tabled an amendment to the Government’s own Bill which will place a duty on schools to make the arrangements from September.