Ensure your school knows how to support students with epilepsy

Teacher/Staff info Parent info Student info

Why should your school become an Epilepsy Smart School?

The Epilepsy Smart Schools program has been developed to support students, teachers and schools.

All schools have a duty of care to provide a safe learning environment for all students and ensure they accommodate the needs of all students.

Epilepsy can have a big impact on a child’s experience at school due to the impact of seizures and any medication they may be taking, making it hard for a child to concentrate or remember information from class. Epilepsy is more than just seizures and first aid training is not enough. There are over 40 types of epilepsy and everyone’s experience with the condition is different.

Teachers need to understand the impact of epilepsy on student learning, as well as having epilepsy-specific training in understanding and managing epilepsy.

Click to learn more about specific Australian Government policy as well as State Government requirements.

What is epilepsy?

1 in 200 students has epilepsy. This means every teacher is likely to teach a child with epilepsy during their career.

Epilepsy is a medical condition that affects the brain and causes seizures. Everyone’s brain sends electrical messages to their body, which tell the body what to do. Seizures happen because of a disruption to electrical activity in the brain, leading to a change in a person’s movement, behaviour, level of awareness and/or feelings.

How to become an Epilepsy Smart School

There are three steps to becoming a recognised Epilepsy Smart School.

Step 1 – Ensure students with epilepsy have a current Epilepsy Management Plan or Emergency Medication Management Plan

Step 2 – Complete Epilepsy Smart School training

Step 3 – Raise awareness of epilepsy

How will you be recognised?

Once you have completed the three steps to becoming an Epilepsy Smart School, you can print your own certificate to display to parents, students and visitors that your school has an environment where students with epilepsy are safe and not alone. Your school will also have access to promotional material to show you are a recognised Epilepsy Smart School.

Is your school ready to start the journey to become an Epilepsy Smart School? Register and get started

The Epilepsy Smart Schools website is an initiative developed and provided by the Epilepsy Foundation. This website and the associated resources have been made possible through the support of the Victorian Department of Education and Training, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, UCB, Epilepsy Australia and the generosity of our donors. The contributions of paediatric neurologist Dr Jeremy Freeman (Royal Children’s Hospital), senior clinical neuropsychologist Dr Silvana Micallef (Austin Health) and the Disability Discrimination Legal Service into the development of resources are particularly acknowledged.

Supported by:

Epilepsy Australia is a national coalition of epilepsy organisations in Australia.