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21 October 2013

School health plan for pupils with epilepsy

Epilepsy Society has welcomed the news that schools could be ordered to draw up individual health plans for all pupils with conditions such as epilepsy, asthma and diabetes. Professor Ley Sander, the charity's medical director, speaking on today's (21 October) Government announcement to amend the Children and Families Bill, said: 'This is very good news.'

'It is so important to better support children with long-term health conditions in our schools,' he continued. 'This is a huge step forward and will make a big difference.' 

Teachers could also be given better training to care for youngsters with long-term conditions. They may be given advice on dealing with medicines and emergency procedures like CPR.

Officials are to launch a consultation on how schools should support pupils with medical conditions.

Support for children with epilepsy

Epilepsy Society already provides resources to help schools support pupils with epilepsy. They provide basic first aid for epilepsy plus seizure management and guidance in administering emergency medication.

In a written ministerial statement, Education Secretary Michael Gove said he is proposing an amendment to the Children and Families Bill that will 'place a clear requirement on all types of state schools to make arrangements for supporting pupils at the school who have medical conditions.'

He added: 'Whilst a vast majority of schools take these issues seriously, it is clear some families have had poor experiences.'

Find out more about how Epilepsy Society supports children with epilepsy in schools.