Epilepsy award nominees sought

Scottish schools and colleges are being encouraged to enter this year’s Edwards education awards, organised by national charity Epilepsy Action.

The Edwards aim to recognise educational establishments who are providing a supportive learning environment to pupils or students with epilepsy.

The charity is encouraging nurseries, schools, colleges and universities from across Scotland to get involved and show their outstanding support for students with epilepsy. Nominations can be made by educational establishments or parents and students.

Stacey Rennard, campaigns manager at Epilepsy Action, said: “We want to reward those establishments we believe are going that extra mile to make sure pupils or students with epilepsy have a good learning experience. It could be training all members of staff, holding an assembly to tackle any myths, or a buddy system to support pupils with epilepsy. All these things can help to make sure that young people with epilepsy receive support at school to enable them to reach their full potential.”

Epilepsy affects an estimated 63,400 children and young people aged under 18 in the UK. Past research has suggested that up to half of children with epilepsy underachieve academically in relation to their intellectual ability. Epilepsy Action works with the education sector so that the correct provision and support can be put in place for children and young people with epilepsy. Epilepsy Action aims to ensure that all individuals with epilepsy are able to reach their full potential.

The closing date for entries is Friday, May 3. Award winners will be notified by Friday, May 10 and the awards will be presented during National Epilepsy Week, from May 19 to May 25. For more information about the Edward awards and to enter, visit www.epilepsy.org.uk/edwards or call 0113 210 8800.