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2012

This page is about National Epilepsy Week 2012. Find out how you can get involved in 2016.

20–26 May 2012

The theme of National Epilepsy Week 2012 was achievement. So what happened?

Children at primary schoolThursday 24 May: Edwards education awards winners for 2012 announced

We're celebrating the good work being done in education establishments to support pupils or students with epilepsy. 

We've announced 10 schools, colleges and academies in Nottingham, Great Yarmouth, Helensburgh, Pickering, Maidenhead, Londonderry, Wigan, Leatherhead, Nottingham and Shipley who've won our Edwards education awards.

The awards recognise educational providers which are providing a good supportive learning environment. We want to reward those establishments we believe are going that extra mile to make sure pupils or students with epilepsy have a good learning experience.

Tuesday 22 May: Education survey results launched: Schools must do better to support pupils with epilepsy

A survey reveals that children with epilepsy are not being fully supported in schools, according to teachers and parents. The survey suggests that children with epilepsy are not reaching their full potential, not performing in line with their classmates and regularly miss school because of their epilepsy. 

Of 185 teachers surveyed, most schools said they had at least one pupil with epilepsy in their school. However, of these less than 40 per cent have a written epilepsy policy and over a quarter had not had epilepsy training in the last three years. Almost a third of teachers were not aware that pupils with epilepsy may be entitled to receive extra time in exams. One in six teachers said that either pupils with epilepsy at their school did not have an individual healthcare plan or that they didn’t know if they had one.

Monday 21 May: Read about epilepsy in The Guardian

There's was a free 12-page epilepsy supplement in Monday's Guardian newspaper. It included features on issues like education and employment.  Read online. Download a PDF of the supplement.

Sunday 20 May: Record of Achievement launched

Visit our brand new online Record of Achievement to share your achievement; it will only take two minutes to add your story.  You can read about the successes of people with epilepsy everywhere.

It’s a way to celebrate the many things that people with epilepsy do. It can be anything, from remaining seizure free for a day to climbing Mount Everest - whatever you feel is your personal achievement. It’s full of inspiring stories and we can’t wait to read yours! You can upload your achievement throughout the week and don’t forget to share it on Facebook and Twitter. 

Support our work by making a donation

You can support National Epilepsy Week through a text donation. If you live in the UK, simply text ACT NOW to 70700 to donate £5 to Epilepsy Action and help support people living with, and caring for, people with epilepsy.*

*Texts cost £5 plus your standard network rate. Epilepsy Action will receive 100 per cent of the donation.

For more information on any of our National Epilepsy Week plans, please contact the PR and Campaigns team on +44 (0)113 210 8800

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