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Asthma Friendly Schools

The Asthma Friendly Schools programme, open to all schools in Wiltshire, will not only support your pupils' physical health but also their educational attainment through improved attendance and curriculum engagement.


  • To reduce avoidable harm to children and improve quality of life
  • To reduce asthma related school absences
  • To promote good asthma management for children and young people
  • To increase awareness of asthma among staff that come in to contact with young people
  • To increase the number of Asthma Friendly Schools in Wiltshire

Some information about Asthma

Asthma is the most common long-term medical condition in children and young people in the UK, incorrectly perceived as a mild illness. The UK has one of the highest admission rates and death rates from asthma, with an average of 3 children per class with asthma.

A 15 minute film about asthma, created by teenagers for teenagers.

Filmed by members of The Cherwell Filming Club at The Cherwell School, Oxford, UK.

Becoming an Asthma Friendly School 

From May 2024, schools in Wiltshire, B&NES and Swindon can apply to become Asthma Friendly Schools. Once your school has met the five standards you can email this completed form, to your local lead (see form) to receive the award logo.     

Launch of Asthma Friendly Schools in Wiltshire

An online launch event for schools in B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire will be held on Wednesday 8th May 2024 3:30-4:30pm.

Wiltshire schools can book here on Right Choice to attend.  

Asthma Friendly School Criteria Checklist

From May 2024 Wiltshire schools can acredit as Asthma Friendly Schools, using the following criteria: 

A1. Our school has an Asthma Policy

A2. Our school has a register of all students with asthma

A3. Our school has emerency asthma kits available    

A4. Our students with asthma all have a personalised asthma action plan 

A5. Our staff at the school have received asthma training    

Useful resources


Asthma Policy template for BSW


Asthma Register for BSW


Standard School Asthma Emergency Kit Aquisition for BSW

Standard School Asthma Emergency Kit Checklist for BSW


Various PAAPs exist with the most popular ones used locally including:

  • Healthier Together Personalised Asthma Action Plan – link here
  • Asthma + Lung UK plan for children – link here
  • Asthma + Lung UK plan for adults/ CYP 12 years old or over – link here
  • My Symbicort SMART® Asthma Action Plan – link here

Asthma Friendly School Parent Info and Consent Letter for BSW

Inhaler & Spacer Use Instructions for BSW

Own Inhaler Use Parent Letter for BSW

Emergency Inhaler Administration Record for BSW

Emergency Inhaler Use Parent Record for BSW

Concerns about Asthma Parent Letter for BSW


NHS asthma e-learning (Free 45 minute module)

Useful links

Asthma + Lung UK

Wiltshire School Nursing Service

Related documents

Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school (DfE)

Emergency asthma inhalers for use in schools (DoH)