New epilepsy training course for schools launches

UK-wide charity Epilepsy Action has launched a free online learning course for schools. The new course is designed to help teachers, SENCOs and school support staff learn more about epilepsy and how they can support pupils with the condition.

The interactive, online training covers several topics including first aid for seizures and information about epilepsy and how it impacts on education. It provides guidance on how to develop an epilepsy policy and Individual Healthcare Plan with links to statutory guidance on managing medical conditions in schools. Other features include films showing different seizure types, pupil stories and quizzes.

The resources are spilt into sections for different school staff. There are interactive modules and short films for all school staff, and a more detailed course for teachers and SENCOs. They have been developed in conjunction with healthcare and education professionals to ensure they include the information that people working in schools need.

Georgina Matson-Phippard, electronic learning officer at Epilepsy Action said: “In the UK epilepsy affects one in every 242 young people under the age of 18. Epilepsy can affect an individual’s ability to reach their full potential. For children and young people with the condition, there can be educational impacts, both from the condition and the medication used to control it.

“We hear stories from parents which show inconsistencies in the support children with epilepsy get in school. Some schools do a good job and others could improve. We’ve developed this online course for schools in an attempt to ensure that all children with epilepsy get the support they need.

“The course is a one-stop shop for everything teachers, SENCOs and school support staff need to know about epilepsy. It includes interactive resources such as films and offers advice on how to implement new statutory guidance from the Department of Education on managing medical conditions in schools.”


The epilepsy awareness in schools online course can be accessed by visiting For more information about epilepsy visit or call the Epilepsy Helpline on Freephone 0808 800 5050.

  1. The new course includes links to Department for Education guidance in England. However, much of the content of the course would be relevant to those working anywhere in the UK.
  3. For more information about Epilepsy Action, please contact the press office on 0113 210 8870, or email at  For media enquiries made outside normal office working hours, please call 07823 558 569
  1. Around one in 100 people have epilepsy. Epilepsy Action is the leading organisation working with and for people affected by epilepsy. Each year, Epilepsy Action helps over 1.2 million people understand epilepsy and treatment options through its helpline, website and events. The charity improves healthcare by supporting epilepsy specialist nurses and epilepsy research. It improves the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy by campaigning for better healthcare and fairer access to education and employment. Over 95 per cent of this life changing support is funded by donations and fundraising.  For more information, visit


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