Mansfield and Ashfields school urged to enter Epilepsy Action awards

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Schools from across Mansfield and Ashfield are being encouraged to enter this year’s Edwards education awards, organised by national charity Epilepsy Action.

The Edwards, first launched in 2010, aim to recognise educational establishments that demonstrate good practice in supporting pupils and students with epilepsy.

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

Leanne Creighton, education policy and campaigns officer at Epilepsy Action, said: “It is vital that young people with epilepsy receive support at school to enable them to reach their full potential.

“We want to reward those schools and colleges we believe are going that extra mile to make sure students with epilepsy have a good learning experience.

“This could be anything from training for staff, to risk assessments and good communication with parents. We hope to see nominations from a wide spectrum of educational establishments.”

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.

For more information about Epilepsy Action and the Edward awards, visit the Epilepsy Action website or contact Leanne Creighton on 0113 210 8800.