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National childhood epilepsy training programme for schools launched

First phase of Epilepsy Education 4 Schools to give free lessons and training in south east schools

Schools across south east England and outer London will have access to free teaching and staff training about childhood epilepsy from next Wednesday 1 September 2010, thanks to a new initiative from children’s epilepsy charity, Young Epilepsy.

The Epilepsy Education TeamLessons given by Young Epilepsy’s epilepsy education professionals for children aged 5 to 18 can be accompanied by staff training sessions for staff in how to support a pupil with epilepsy, depending on each school’s needs.

The condition and the medication used to control seizures can cause memory, learning and behavioural problems, says Young Epilepsy’s Childhood Epilepsy Information Service Manager, Gill Gallagher, so it’s vital that schools provide the right support.

She adds, Over 60,000 children under 18 have with epilepsy nationally and many more live with a family member with epilepsy. On average there is one child in every primary school and five in every secondary school with the condition.

By helping children understand more about epilepsy, many issues in the PSHE curriculum can be addressed and staff training can also help to ensure Every Child Matters.

This is a very relevant issue for schools. Epilepsy in children is more common than Type 1 diabetes, but it is still one of the least talked about and understood conditions.

Big Lottery LogoThe south east England phase of the programme has been generously funded by 15 donors and funding has been received from the BIG Lottery fund to expand the programme into the outer London area.

More funding is needed to expand further across the whole of the UK. The aim is to have 8 more regional education teams established over the next 2 years, so that every single school has the opportunity to improve their knowledge and understanding of epilepsy. says Gill Gallagher.

For more information about how Young Epilepsy helps Schools please go to our helping schools.

Pictured: The Epilepsy Education Team from Young Epilepsy raring to go!

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