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)
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/supporting-pupils-at-school-with-medical-conditions--3

Supporting learners with healthcare needs (Welsh Government)
https://gov.wales/supporting-learners-healthcare-needs-0

Supporting children and young people with healthcare needs in schools: Guidance (Scottish Government)
https://www.gov.scot/publications/supporting-children-young-people-healthcare-needs-schools/pages/10/

Supporting pupils with medication needs (Northern Ireland Department of Education)
https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/articles/support-pupils-medication-needs

Health Conditions in Schools Alliance website
http://medicalconditionsatschool.org.uk/

Safeguarding

Keeping Children Safe in Education (Department for Education)
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2

Equality

The Equality Act 2010 and schools: Advice for school leaders, school staff, governing bodies and local authorities (Department for Education)
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/equality-act-2010-advice-for-schools

Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Northern Ireland)
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1995/50/contents

Disability Rights UK website
https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/

Special educational needs and disabilities

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) code of practice
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents

Exam arrangements

Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)
https://www.jcq.org.uk/

SATs access arrangements
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-1-tests-access-arrangements
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-2-tests-access-arrangements

Mental health

Mental health and wellbeing provision in schools: Review of published policies and information research report (Department for Education)
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/747709/Mental_health_and_wellbeing_provision_in_schools.pdf

Health and safety

Health and Safety Advice for Schools (Department for Education)
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-and-safety-advice-for-schools/responsibilities-and-duties-for-schools

Health and Safety on educational visits guidance (Department for Education)
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-and-safety-on-educational-visits/health-and-safety-on-educational-visits

Early years

EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) statutory framework
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/596629/EYFS_STATUTORY_FRAMEWORK_2017.pdf

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Guide for schools

Young Epilepsy helpline: email helpline@youngepilepsy.org.uk / call 01342 831342 / text 07860 023789

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