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About seizures

Guide for schools

Epilepsy disrupts the normal electrical activity in the brain used to communicate with the rest of the body.  This disruption causes seizures, which can have a serious impact on a young person in school. 

This section covers seizure types and triggerstreatments and first aidkeeping accurate seizure records, and emergency medication. It includes guidance on planning and making adjustments to support a young person with epilepsy in school.  

You’ll also find forms and visual aids that you can download to support you in administering epilepsy first aid, and accurately observing and recording details of seizures. 

In this section of the guide for schools:

  1. Seizure types & triggers
  2. Seizure first aid
  3. Keeping accurate seizure records
  4. Emergency medication
  5. Epilepsy treatments

In this section of the guide

Emergency medication

Young Epilepsy’s information for schools about status epilepticus and emergency medication, including training and storage

Epilepsy Treatments

Information for schools about epilepsy anti-seizure medications and other epilepsy treatments.

Young Epilepsy Guide for Schools

Other sections of the guide that may be of interest

Young Epilepsy Guide for Schools

Epilepsy impact on emotions & behaviour

Epilepsy can have a profound effect on a young person's emotions and behaviour, which can produce a range of emotional responses that make academic achievement at school difficult.

Young Epilepsy Guide for Schools

UK legal frameworks

An overview of the different laws and systems in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Young Epilepsy Guide for Schools

Key elements of support

The key elements of support that schools should have in place to ensure all young people with epilepsy are safe and included in school life