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Allergies in Schools - Top Tips for Teachers

As part of our initiative with the Allergy Badge to create safer schools for those living with food allergies, we’ve prepared a list of Top Tips for Teachers to help them to be prepared and respond effectively to food allergies.

All school employees should be familiar with the type of foods that commonly cause food allergy,  The Top 14 Allergens are: 


Cereals containing gluten

(such as barley and oats)


(such as prawns, crabs and lobsters)




Tree nuts

(such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts)



(such as mussels and oysters)





Sulphur dioxide and sulphites

(if the sulphur dioxide and sulphites are at a concentration of more than ten parts per million)

Top Tips for Teachers

Children can be, and often are, allergic to other food types in addition to the above list. Make sure you speak with the parent to ensure that you fully understand what triggers an allergic reaction.

Schools should prepare for responding to food allergies and anaphylaxis by developing an allergy and anaphylaxis management policy with information on what staff can do to provide a safer environment for children with food allergies.

  • Provide allergy and anaphylaxis first aid training for staff that includes the use of adrenaline auto-injectors. This training should be updated on a regular basis. This training can be supplied by the Allergy Badge (link to site), who offer an accredited training program.
  • It’s vitally important to communicate with parents, and ensure that they provide an emergency medical kit for their child that contains any medication required and an allergy action plan which clearly states the steps that should be taken in the event of a reaction.
  • Keep an up to date record of children with allergies in the school, and ensure that staff are aware of these children.
  • Schools should ensure that auto injectors are available, and are easily accessible. All staff should know where these emergency medical kits are kept, and have access to them.
  • Every school should have an emergency response plan that outlines the action to take, and what to do and who to contact in the event that a child has an allergic reaction.

Allergy Awareness Packs

We have created Allergy Awareness packs to help schools and teachers to educate school pupils, and create a safer environment for those living with food allergies. Our ‘Think Food Think Allergy’ packs are packed with fun activities to help raise awareness about food allergies and can be downloaded via the download button.