Epilepsy Action’s Edwards open for nominations

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National epilepsy charity Epilepsy Action is looking for the country’s epilepsy education superstars for their ‘Edward’ awards.

The charity is now accepting nominations for the annual awards, which celebrate staff in nurseries, schools, colleges and universities that provide a supportive learning environment for children an young people with epilepsy.

Previous winners have included establishments which have trained staff in epilepsy awareness and introduced ‘buddy’ systems to support pupils with epilepsy.

Epilepsy affects an estimated 63,400 children and young people aged under 18 in the UK – and research has found that 95% of children with epilepsy experience significant difficulty in at least one are of learning or behaviour.

Louise Cousins, campaigns manager at Epilepsy Action, said: “The Edwards celebrate the brilliant ways that schools, nurseries, colleges and universities nurture children and young people with epilepsy. They have become a welcome fixture in the education calendar.

“We know there are many epilepsy education superstars out there, going above and beyond to help pupils reach their potential. We want to hear about inspiring places, the staff and the work they do, and give them the recognition they deserve.”

Parents, teachers and pupils can nominate any education setting for an Edward via the Epilepsy Action website at www.epilepsy.org.uk/Edwards. It’s free to enter, and all entries must be received by Friday 31 March.

Epilepsy Action has produced range of online courses for school staff to help them support students with epilepsy. These can be accessed at epilepsy.org.uk/schools.

For more information on Epilepsy Action’s work, head to www.epilepsy.org.uk.

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