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Epilepsy Action Edwards 2013

Epilepsy Action is pleased to announce after much consideration the following winners of this years Edwards will be awarded to:

  • Ynysycnon Early Years Centre, Llwynypia, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • All Saints Church in Wales Primary School, Cardiff
  • Ysgol Penmaes, Brecon, Powys
  • Ballyholme Primary School, Bangor, Northern Ireland
  • St Martin’s CE (Aided) School, Scarborough
  • Barnet and Southgate College, Barnet

Read about 2013's winners

For more information please contact Stacey Rennard on 0113 2108800 or email srennard@epilepsy.org.uk.

Recognising good practice for epilepsy in education

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Our Edwards awards programme rewards those with evidence of good practice in supporting pupils/students with epilepsy. We hope to encourage nurseries, schools, colleges and universities to place pupils/students at the centre of learning and to ensure they are supported to reach their full potential.

We give examples below of the sorts of measures establishments can implement to improve the learning environment for children or adults with epilepsy.

For early years settings

  • Epilepsy awareness session conducted
    Training for epilepsy has been built into the nursery’s action plan and members of staff are trained
  • Epilepsy policy in place
    The education establishment has written and implemented an epilepsy policy
  • Children with epilepsy have an individual healthcare plan (IHP)
    Nursery/school has developed an IHP form and process for completing and developing IHPs
  • Children with epilepsy have an individual education plan (IEP) where appropriate
    Nursery/school has template forms and structure in place (including responsibility of staff member)
  • Knowledge and awareness of Managing medicines in schools and early year settings, Equality Act 2010 and SEND 2001/2005, Education Act 1996

For schools

  • Epilepsy awareness training has been conducted
    Training for epilepsy is built into the school’s action plan and members of staff are trained in epilepsy awareness, including first aid and implications to education
  • Epilepsy policy in place
    Education establishment has written and implemented an epilepsy policy
  • Children with epilepsy have an individual healthcare plan (IHP)
    School has developed an IHP form and process for completing and developing IHPs.
  • Children with epilepsy have an individual education plan (IEP) where appropriate
    School has template forms and structure in place (including responsibility of staff member)
  • Action plan for whole school approach and involvement
  • Local authorities involvement – offering of training
    Collaborative working between the LA and school
  • Knowledge and awareness of Managing medicines in schools and early year settings, Equality Act 2010 and SEND 2001/2005, Education Act 1996
  • Working with school nurse/ community nursing team
    School nurse/community nurse/epilepsy specialist nurse delivers training on epilepsy and administering medication if needed
  • Fully inclusive for school trips
  • Identified a member of staff responsible for epilepsy awareness in school
  • A member of staff trained to administer emergency medication

For colleges and universities

  • Identified support processes for students with epilepsy 
  • Publicising support for students with epilepsy
  • Consideration to epilepsy in university policies 
  • Working to empower and include students to participate fully in university life 

In 2012, we awarded 10 Edwards, in 2011 we awarded eight Edwards and in 2010 we awarded 13 Edwards. These winners have been used to showcase good practice in our new booklet, Routes to Success 

  • Updated March 2012
    To be reviewed March 2014

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