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Epilepsy in schools

These pages are about epilepsy in schools in England. 

Epilepsy in schools in England

Introduction

If you have a child with epilepsy, it is important that you feel confident that they are safe when they are at school. You should know that they are getting the ongoing support, or care they need to manage their epilepsy and keep them well. You should also be confident that if your child has a seizure at school, they will be given the appropriate first aid or emergency medicine.

Responsibilities of schools

From September 2014, new guidance came into effect, placing a legal requirement on schools in England to support children with medical conditions. The aim is to make sure that all children with medical conditions are properly supported in school, with both their physical and mental health.

The new guidance means that children with epilepsy should have full access to education. They should have the support they need to do as well as they possibly can with their studies. They should also enjoy the same opportunities at school as any other child, which includes PE and school trips.

A school must not deny your child a place because they have epilepsy. They should not send your child home frequently, or prevent them from staying at lunch time, unless there is a very good reason for this. You should not have to give up going to work, just because your child has epilepsy and school is not supporting their needs fully.

If you would like to see this information with references, visit the Advice and Information references section of our website. If you are unable to access the internet, please contact our Epilepsy Freephone Helpline on 0808 800 5050.

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F143.01

Epilepsy Action would like to thank June Massey, Specific Learning Difficulties Consultant, for checking this information.

June Massey has no conflict of interest to declare.

This information has been produced under the terms of The Information Standard.

  • Updated August 2014
    To be reviewed August 2017

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Comments

my girl 7and half has epilepsy her school life is becoming difficult cause she is a slow learner has concentration difficulty hence was forced to repeat in her class this year,is there sense if we make her stay in the same class she was last year?Advice please we are in Kenya.

Submitted by janet mogotu on

I have epilepsy. in my school I think the worst subject is English since I can`t write properly , I hate football cause I cant move my legs and I fall over so I stay away from the ball. I think the best way to calm my epilepsy is to choose your own positions and don`t let anyone stop you. I don`t need anything from you. I wanted to help people that had epilepsy.

Submitted by khalid usman on

Hi Khalid
Having epilepsy can have a really big impact on school life. It’s good that you’ve found your own way of managing your epilepsy. If you feel like you need any extra support with subjects at school you could talk to your teachers. You can also call us on the Epilepsy Action Helpline, or contact one of the organisations that offer education advice.

It’s great that you want to help people with epilepsy. If you have a look at our get involved section there are lots of suggestions of ways to help, from fundraising to volunteering.

Best wishes
Grace
Epilepsy Action Advice and Information Team

Submitted by Grace, Epilepsy... on