Epilepsy Awareness Training for Schools & Carers


This course in Epilepsy Awareness for Schools & Carers is designed to help anyone who cares for children with epilepsy to understand and manage the different types of epilepsy and their symptoms. It includes triggers and treatments, guidance on how to care for a child during and after a seizure, and carer responsibilities.

 The CPD Accredited eLearning course provides the user with a printable certificate upon completion of the end-of-training test.

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will learn:

  • What epilepsy is and measures for managing its symptoms.
  • The daily effects and risks of epilepsy, including types of seizures and their triggers.
  • The responsibilities of schools and carers towards young people with epilepsy.

Course Contents

The course consists of five sections:

Section 1: the background of epilepsy

The first part of this course breaks down what we know about epilepsy, explaining what it is, what causes it, and how it is diagnosed. We look at the importance of an individual healthcare plan for each child, and discuss what is included and how to read one in order to understand a child’s individual needs.

Section 2: types of epileptic seizures

The second section explains the six most common types of generalised seizures, as well as the four parts of the brain that may be affected by ‘focal’ seizures. It will show you how to recognise symptoms of a seizure and detail what you should and should not do when a child is having an epileptic seizure.

Section 3: triggers and treatment

Triggers for epilepsy are defined as anything that may cause a seizure or make it more likely to happen. In this section we discuss common triggers, as well as the side effects of epilepsy medication, and the emergency procedures to follow when a child is having a seizure or reaction.

Section 4: your responsibilities

Section 4 focuses on regulations and policies of schools regarding epilepsy and its management. It details measures that should be put in place to protect children with epilepsy, especially with regard to the completion of risk assessments.

Section 5: how epilepsy affects education and wellbeing

As well as causing challenges in the maintenance of a child’s health, the effects of epilepsy may disrupt their learning and have an emotional impact on their general wellbeing. This section offers practicable advice for supporting children with epilepsy in all areas of their life and education.

About the Course


With around 64,000 children across the UK suffering from epilepsy, it has become an important area for child support and safety within the education and care sectors. Epilepsy can affect different areas of the brain and have multiple triggers and reactions that require specific attention, but children with epilepsy also face other challenges, such as disruption to their learning and emotional struggles and fatigue, that must be accounted for.

This course offers a comprehensive breakdown of the areas of support required by children with epilepsy. It includes information about what epilepsy is, how it is diagnosed, and how to recognise different types of seizure, as well as emergency care information, and step-by-step guidance on how to support a child through their individual healthcare plan and school policy that considers the causes and effects of the condition.

Available in 31 languages, the course takes around 45 minutes to complete.


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