Asthma Awareness Training for Schools & Carers


This course in Asthma Awareness for Schools & Carers provides training in monitoring a child’s asthma while they are at school. Broken down into five sections, it introduces asthma and its triggers and symptoms, before offering guidance on medication, asthma attack response, and the responsibilities of the school for keeping asthmatic children safe.

 The CPD Accredited eLearning course provides the user with a printable certificate upon completion of the end-of-training test.

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will learn:

  • What an asthma attack is, how to recognise one, and the appropriate emergency response procedure.
  • The different types of inhalers used to manage asthma symptoms in infants, children, and teenagers.
  • The responsibilities of schools and carers towards young people with asthma, both at school, as well as on trips, during exams, and any other time they are in your care.

Course Contents

This course consists of five sections:

Section 1: what is asthma?

This course begins with an overview of what asthma is, how it is diagnosed, and what effect it has on the sufferer. Also including in this section is a breakdown of the documents that make up a child’s ‘asthma records’, including their individual healthcare plan, their asthma action plan, and a school asthma card.

Section 2: triggers and symptoms of asthma

Section 2 details the triggers for asthma, as well as the symptoms of the condition and how to recognise them. This includes the distinction between allergic and non-allergic triggers and how these might be avoided.

Section 3: medication

There are a range of different medications that can be used to treat asthma that depend on factors such as the age of the sufferer, and the severity of their condition. This section lists the most common types, such as different inhalers and nebulisers, what they are used for and when, and how they should be cleaned and stored.

Section 4: asthma attacks

An asthma attack is an episode in which an asthmatic’s airways become inflamed. This can cause shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing, and a tight chest. This section explains what happens during an asthma attack, how they are triggered, how to identify one, and the procedures and medication that should be applied in such an emergency.

Section 5: school responsibilities

Section 5 of this course discusses the legal responsibilities of schools and care institutions for children regarding the management of asthma, including both the physical and emotional care that should be provided to asthmatic children. The section also provides practical guidance for when children are off-site, on school trips, in exams, or taking part in physical activity.

About the Course


Asthma is a respiratory condition that affects nearly 10% of children across the UK to varying degrees, which may amount to up to three asthmatic children in each primary school class. This course is designed to provide actionable guidance for caring for young people with asthma, both on a daily basis and in the case of an emergency.

As well as demonstrating the triggers and effects of asthma and the range of medication that might be used to treat it, this course details the documents that make up a child’s asthma records, why these are important, and how to read them. This allows you to take a child-centred approach to your care responsibilities that considers the individual needs of each child.

Available in 31 languages, the course takes around 50 minutes to complete.


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