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Teachers "need more epilepsy understanding"

19 May 2003

Some school pupils may be underachieving because of a lack of understanding of epilepsy amongst teachers, according to a new report issued.

According to statistics compiled by the organisations Epilepsy Scotland and Quarriers, around a quarter of schools had no staff with specialist training about the condition.

Epilepsy Scotland claim that many children with epilepsy left school with fewer qualifications than children without the condition and this resulted in a higher unemployment rate. One of the problems highlighted is that of children having absence seizures, which can be appear to be lapses of concentration or 'daydreaming'.

Quarriers are extending a scheme running in the Grampian region to cover schools in Lanarkshire where it will provide basic training for 200 teachers and raise awareness of epilepsy amongst over 3,000 children.