Is your school aware of epilepsy?

  • Epilepsy is a common neurological condition.
  • Approximately 56,000 people in Scotland have epilepsy (1 in 97 people).
  • There are different types of epilepsy and many different types of seizures.
  • 80% of children with epilepsy attend mainstream schools and colleges.
  • 50% of people with epilepsy have their first seizure by the age of 15.

Source: Joint Epilepsy Council (JEC)

The Schools Project aims to:

  • provide age appropriate information about epilepsy and seizures to school communities
  • raise awareness of the challenges of living with epilepsy
  • promote open and positive attitudes and behaviour towards epilepsy
  • reduce stigma and misunderstanding
  • assist children and young people in need of support with epilepsy issues
  • complement the Curriculum for Excellence Framework – in particular, Health and Well-being outcomes and experiences.

Epilepsy Awareness Sessions for Pupils

Pre-school and P1 – 3 (duration 20 minutes) in format of circle time activities.

P4 – 7 (duration 30 minutes) in format of interactive talk; DVD clips; group activities and games.

Secondary S1 – 6 (duration 50 minutes) in format of interactive talk; DVD clips; case study.

Epilepsy Awareness Sessions for School Staff

The facts …

  • Epilepsy and the drugs used to treat the condition can affect memory, concentration, learning and behaviour.
  • Around 50% of children with epilepsy underachieve at school.
  • Children with epilepsy are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.

Are you prepared?

  • How would you recognise an absence seizure?
  • What would you do in the event of a tonic-clonic seizure?
  • How would you record a seizure?
  • What safety measures would you put in place in the classroom for a child with epilepsy?
  • What strategies would you put in place to support a pupil with epilepsy in their learning and how best would you monitor their progress?
  • Like many teachers, you may not have come across epilepsy at school yet but the likelihood is that you will and by taking part in our epilepsy awareness in schools project, we can help you to be prepared to give a pupil with epilepsy the best chance of succeeding in their education.

Epilepsy Awareness for Teachers and Staff (duration 60 minutes) in format of interactive talk; DVD clips; and information packs.  Further sessions available on request.

Curriculum for Excellence

Mental and emotional well-being

  • develop and value relationships and show respect for self and others
  • understand that people  can feel alone and can be misunderstood and left out by others
  • learn how to give appropriate support.

Social Well-being

  • show respect for the rights of others
  • make school communities one which values individuals equally and is a welcoming place for all
  • help to encourage learning and confidence in others
  • play a part in bringing about positive change in school and wider community.

Physical Well-being

  • develop understanding of the human body and use this knowledge to maintain and improve well-being and health
  • know and can demonstrate how to keep safe and others safe and how to respond in a range of emergency situations.

Teachers and staff

  • understand the impact on children and families living with epilepsy, including seizures and the threat of seizures; coping with medication side-effects and possible impact on learning and behaviour.


Education and Outreach Workers providing the sessions are Disclosure checked.  All sessions are free of charge, but donations are very welcome and help support our work.  Sessions can be tailored to meet the needs of your school and can be delivered as a twilight session or on an in service day.  For more information or to request a training session call us on 0141 248 4125 or email:

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