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Epilepsy is a brain condition which causes repeated seizures or ‘fits’. The NHS estimates that approximately 500,000 people in the UK are affected by epilepsy – almost 1% of the national population.
Epilepsy can start from any age, but is most common in childhood. It can also develop as a result of an acquired brain injury, stroke or brain tumour. Epilepsy is usually managed by anti-seizure medication.
Epilepsy is a disability and can result in special educational needs (SEN). In our experience, epilepsy is normally managed through an agreed medical action plan which the school implements further to the Equality Act 2010. It is rare for epilepsy to present such a significant impact to education, on its own, to require the additional support of a Statement of SEN or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). However, frequent absences and seizures that require additional recovery time may mean teaching is missed. This can result in the child falling behind with their education.
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