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Edwards awards frequently asked questions

Why do I have to include supporting information?
The law says educational establishments must do certain things to support students with a health condition. We must be sure that the child/student’s nursery, school, college or university is following the law to be able to consider your nomination. We can check this by looking at documents they have created to help in supporting the child/student.

You can also send us photos, school diaries or details of events. We want to understand as much as possible about your nomination and the support the child receives. The more information you can give us, the better.

Why do I need to provide information about my child / student?
We need to know how the child’s epilepsy affects them. This information helps us understand how the child/student’s nursery, school, college or university meets their needs.

We will only share this information publically if your nomination is successful, and with your consent.

The school my child attends has won an Edward in the past. Can it be nominated again?
Yes. The nomination must be for doing something different to when they won before. You must be able to show what they have changed, or if they are doing something new.

How many awards will you be giving?
We try to give out 10 awards during National Epilepsy Week. The number of awards we give out depends on the number and quality of the nominations we get.

Can anywhere in the UK be nominated?
Yes. We receive nominations from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

When will we find out if we have won?
We will contact the people who have won by Wednesday 3 May. If you have not heard from us by then, your nomination has not been successful..

When will we get our award?
We will try to present the award in National Epilepsy Week. This year National Epilepsy Week is 14-20 May. We will talk to the winners to arrange the best time to present the award.

Where can I find out more about what schools should be doing to support pupils with epilepsy?
Government guidance says that children with epilepsy should have full access to education and the support they need to learn. It says they should enjoy the same opportunities at school as any other child.

Government guidance varies depending on where you live in the UK.

Our website has more information on the legal requirements for schools and educational settings. You can find more information at www.epilepsy.org.uk/education

Epilepsy Action has also produced a free online course for staff working in schools to help them improve support for students with epilepsy. It includes:

  • Films showing different seizure types
  • Information about epilepsy – causes, seizure triggers
  • Stories from pupils with epilepsy
  • First aid for seizures
  • Guidance on producing an epilepsy policy
  • Links to statutory guidance
  • Interactive quizzes

Complete the course

Event Date: 
Monday 22 February 2016 - 11:37

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