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Epilepsy in Schools

If your child has epilepsy, it is important that you feel confident that they are safe when they are at school.  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.

In September 2014, new guidance came into effect, placing a legal requirement on schools in England to support children with medical conditions.

This 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.

They should not send your child home frequently, or prevent them from staying at lunch time, unless there is a good reason for this.

If your child needs their emergency medicine during school time, it should only be administered by a named person.  They should have been trained how to do this by a professional, such as an epilepsy specialist nurse.  The people who can administer it will be named in your child’s individual healthcare plan (IHP).