Legal framework and guidance

Legal framework and guidance

All schools have a responsibility to ensure that young people with epilepsy are safe and included. The legal framework underpinning this may vary depending on the type of school and where it is located. Further guidance can be found below.

Medical conditions

Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions (Department for Education)

Supporting learners with healthcare needs (Welsh Government)

Supporting children and young people with healthcare needs in schools: Guidance (Scottish Government)

Supporting pupils with medication needs (Northern Ireland Department of Education)

Health Conditions in Schools Alliance website


Keeping Children Safe in Education (Department for Education)

Keeping learners safe (Welsh Government)

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland (Scottish Government)

Safeguarding and Child Protection in Schools - A Guide for Schools (Northern Ireland Department of Education)


The Equality Act 2010 and schools: Advice for school leaders, school staff, governing bodies and local authorities (Department for Education)

Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Northern Ireland)

Disability Rights UK website

Special educational needs and disabilities

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) code of practice

Additional learning needs (special educational needs) (Welsh Governement)

Additional support for learning (Scottish Government)

Special educational needs (Northern Ireland Department for Education)

Exam arrangements

Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)

SATs access arrangements

Mental health

Mental health and wellbeing provision in schools: Review of published policies and information research report (Department for Education)

Health and safety

Health and Safety Advice for Schools (Department for Education)

Health and Safety on educational visits guidance (Department for Education)

Early years

EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) statutory framework

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Guide for schools

Young Epilepsy helpline: email / call 01342 831342



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