School operations

Epilepsy and Seizures

Impact on the student at school

Many students with epilepsy have their seizures well-controlled with medication and can participate fully in school life. However, studies indicate that students with epilepsy are at a higher risk of:

  • psychological issues or mental health problems
  • memory, attention and concentration problems
  • behaviour problems
  • fatigue
  • school absences

All of these may negatively impact the student’s learning and academic achievements.

The impact on learning following a seizure event can vary. Many types of seizures are non-epileptic and may never be accurately diagnosed.

Encouraging student participation

Students with epilepsy can generally participate fully in school life, including sport and physical activities, camps, excursions and special events. Subject to medical advice, participation in these activities should be encouraged.

Guidance chapter on supporting the learning and wellbeing of students with epilepsy

Reviewed 28 May 2020

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