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Schools Allergy Action Group (SAAG)

Developing effective school allergy policy can be daunting and needs continuous reappraisal. Setting up a SAAG in your school will help to establish an effective structure for whole school policy development and monitoring.

Put simply, a SAAG is about getting the right mix of people around the table, who together can assess, manage and monitor risks around allergy to ensure the safety of pupils with allergies in a whole-school environment.

How a School Allergy Action Group (SAAG) can help your school

A SAAG can enable everyone who may have experience of, or be affected by, allergies to share knowledge, information and experience, with a view to generating a policy and action plan that will ensure the safety of everyone in school.

A SAAG comprises representatives of the key stakeholders in school who have an interest in ensuring the safety of pupils with allergenic responses and the managing of their medication so that they can engage fully in daily school activities.

For best practice SAAG should comprise of the following:

  • Senior Management Team
  • School Nurse
  • Class/subject Teachers eg PSHE, PE, Food technology
  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator/ Pastoral Care
  • Governor
  • Catering manager/school cook
  • Pupils with AND pupils without an allergy
  • Parents of pupils with AND without allergy
  • Administrator/school secretary
  • Teaching assistant

Please note that we are constantly updating the SAAG resource pack so please sign up to receive the latest versions here

Schools Allergy Action Group (SAAG) Information