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Epilepsy Action’s education work 2008-2010

Our work in the field of education is guided by a plan, or strategy. Our new strategy for 2008-2010 outlines the main aims we will work towards over the next three years. It has been drawn up by our Education Committee and staff, and approved by Epilepsy Action’s Council of Management.

Summary of the education strategy

The education strategy is built on two key principles:

  • involving the people who use Epilepsy Action’s education services and making sure their opinions are taken into account, and
  • measuring how successful we are and evaluating the difference our work is making.

Our aims:

  • To develop and communicate policies on epilepsy and education.
    For example, by writing policies and statements that are practical and relevant;
    • making sure that Epilepsy Action’s policies are current, by keeping up to date with national trends;
    • making sure that Epilepsy Action’s education policies represent the views of people who use our services; and
    • communicating our policies clearly.
  • To raise awareness and influence decision makers, by delivering education campaigns.
    For example, by
    • planning and carrying out campaigns, and
    • recognising and publicising good practice in education services for people with epilepsy.
  • To raise the awareness of epilepsy, and the needs of learners with epilepsy, among policy makers (such as the government).
    For example, by
    • seeking to raise the awareness of policy makers about the education needs of people with epilepsy, and
    • maximising opportunities to influence policy makers by working together with our colleagues.
  • To increase the awareness and understanding of epilepsy and its impact on education among people with the condition, and their carers and friends.
    For example, by
    • providing good advice and information about education for people with epilepsy and their families;
    • providing information and resources for children and young adults, parents and carers through our website; and
    • raising awareness of our education services through publicity and campaigns.
  • To increase the awareness and understanding of epilepsy, and its impact on education, among people working in the education sector and other relevant professions.
    For example, by
    • providing good advice and information for people who work in education;
    • providing training and awareness sessions for professionals; and
    • raising awareness of education issues through publicity, writing articles and participating in events.
  • To promote research on how epilepsy affects learning, skills, and other aspects of education.
    For example, by
    • seeking to commission research into education, working with Epilepsy Action’s Research Committee, and
    • seeking to influence external research bodies to carry out research into epilepsy and education.

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