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 60 different types of epilepsy and everyone’s experience with seizures is different.

Teachers, and anyone with a duty of care within the school, 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

To become an Epilepsy Smart School, a school must:
  • Ensure each student with epilepsy has a current Epilepsy Management Plan and, if required, an Emergency Medication Management Plan
  • Complete epilepsy education for all staff, as well as training for staff with a duty of care in the administration of emergency medication, if relevant to a specific child’s needs
  • Help reduce stigma and increase understanding by holding an awareness-raising or curriculum-based activity.

How will you be recognised?

Once you have completed the process of becoming an Epilepsy Smart School, contact your local epilepsy service provider to request an Epilepsy Smart Schools certificate. You can display this for parents, students and visitors to let them know 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? Contact us to get started

Epilepsy Smart Australia, including the Epilepsy Smart Schools program, is a collaborative partnership between epilepsy service providers across Australia: