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Supporting Children with Medical
and Mental Health Needs at School


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    Information and advice to schools on supporting children with medical or mental health conditions

About Us


What we do

  • Well at School is a resource helping schools support students with medical and mental health conditions so they can fully engage in education.
  • We work in partnership with health professionals, students and teachers to ensure our content is relevant and up to date.

Our goals

  • Inform schools on a range of medical and mental health conditions affecting children and young people.
  • Advise schools on how to enable children and young people to fully engage in school life.
  • Promote awareness of the educational needs of children and young people living with medical and mental health conditions.
  • Identify and promote relevant resources and policy guidance.

Well at School is maintained and updated by Chelsea Community Hospital School

The section on Kidney conditions was written with help from

The section on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was written by Prof. Esther Crawley, Dr Roxanne Parslow, Dr Maria Loades and Amberly Brigden at the Centre for Academic Child Health


Who We Are

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Maria Marinho


Maria has taught in hospital education for over 25 years, as Assistant Head teacher at both Chelsea Community Hospital School and The Oxfordshire Hospital School. Maria is passionate about ensuring that all young people with medical and or mental health needs have access to the best possible education both in hospital and when they return to school.
Maria has been involved in several projects focussing on improving the child and young person’s experience: teacher training on medical and mental health needs, training for hospital school teachers and teaching assistants, teacher recruitment and Well at School. Maria has a keen interest in Education Policy and Equality of Opportunity.

Martin Dixon


has taught music to students with a wide range of needs and abilities at Chelsea Community Hospital School for over 20 years. Martin also develops websites and projects combining digital and creative arts within the hospital school.
Since 2010 he has worked on the Well at School project, collaborating with teachers, health care professionals and students to develop the online resource

Janette Steel


Janette is the Principal at Chelsea Community Hospital School and has lectured in the areas of arts for health, bereavement, and the Education of Children with Medical and Mental Health Needs in Europe, Australia, Chile and Moscow.
Janette is a member of the Executive Committee of QNIC (Quality Network for Inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – Royal College of Psychiatry) and is on a committee for setting standards in education for inpatient units, leading to accreditation. Janette is also widely published on children’s medical and mental health needs. Janette was awarded an OBE in 2012.


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