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Why do so few schools have epilepsy plans?

A BBC investigation has found that many schools have no policy for supporting children with epilepsy.

Research reveals that children are often wrongly sent home in an ambulance if they have a seizure, and can be excluded from activities such as school trips, swimming and games.

Deputy Chief Executive of Epilepsy Action, Simon Wigglesworth, claims that individual healthcare plans - which give full details of a child's condition - are needed in schools.

He told BBC Radio 5 live's Shelagh Fogarty: "It would detail the type of information teachers and other support staff would need to know - so the type of seizures they experience, what might trigger them... and what to do if the child has a seizure."

  • 13 Aug 2013
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