The Edwards aim to recognise educational establishments who are providing a supportive learning environment to pupils or students with epilepsy. Epilepsy Action is encouraging nurseries, schools, colleges and universities from across the UK to get involved and show their outstanding support for students with epilepsy. Nominations can be made by educational establishments or parents and students.
Stacey Rennard, campaigns manager at Epilepsy Action, said: “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. It could be training all members of staff, holding an assembly to tackle any myths, or a buddy system to support pupils with epilepsy. All these things can help to make sure that young people with epilepsy receive support at school to enable them to reach their full potential.”
Epilepsy affects an estimated 63,400 children and young people aged under 18 in the UK. Past research has suggested that up to half of children with epilepsy underachieve academically in relation to their intellectual ability. Epilepsy Action works with the education sector so that the correct provision and support can be put in place for children and young people with epilepsy. Epilepsy Action aims to ensure that all people with epilepsy are able to reach their full potential.
The closing date for entries is Friday 3 May. Award winners will be notified by Friday 10 May and the award presented during National Epilepsy Week, 19-25 May. For more information about the awards, visit www.epilepsy.org.uk/edwards