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12 July 2019

Last chance for school children to design a seizure first aid poster and win £125

Primary school pupils across the UK are being given the chance to design a seizure first aid poster to raise awareness of epilepsy. The lucky winner will receive a £25 voucher for themselves and £100 for their science department.

The competition is being run by the Psychology department at Epilepsy Society and the closing date is 29 July 2019. So this is the last call out for schools and children who would like to take part.

The charity has already been inundated with entries, see a few below.

Dr Sallie Baxendale, Consultant Neuropsychologist at Epilepsy Society, said: "I've been thrilled by the response to our schools competition to produce a seizure first aid poster for children. The entries have been absolutely fantastic. I've been really impressed with the ingenuity and artistic talent on show and the creative ways the children have found to convey a really important first aid message for people with epilepsy."

"Epilepsy can affect anyone, so it's really important that everyone in society knows what to do when if they see someone having a seizure."

The winner could win a £25 voucher for themselves and £100 for their science department. The winning entry will also be sent out to other participating schools across the country.

Schools can help children to scan the posters and email the entries to: poster.competition@epilepsysociety.org.uk. The deadline has been extended and entries now close at 5pm on 29 July 2019.

Corah Lewis and Bryony Crane, Assistant Psychologists at Epilepsy Society, with the competition entries

The psychology department has produced an interactive assembly for Key Stage 2 pupils in primary schools, focusing on seizure first aid.

This free resource is available on the Times Educational Supplement (TES) website. It explores some exciting facts about the brain, what causes a seizure and how to care for someone who is having a tonic clonic seizure.

There have been over 250 downloads of the assembly and the team are thrilled with the response. You can download the assembly here.

The team received a touching email from a Head teacher, recognising the need for education about seizure first aid. They had a child in their school who had recently been diagnosed with epilepsy and they were planning on delivering the assembly to the whole school to help them understand his condition and what to do if he has a seizure at school.