School and Education with Epilepsy

If your child has epilepsy they can still go to mainstream school like other children. But as everyone’s epilepsy is different you can decide what is best for your child's education.

You should let the school know about your child's epilepsy and work with them to create a safe and supportive environment for your child's learning.

Children with epilepsy are more likely to have learning and behavioural difficulties but these are not always recognised or supported in the best way. It is important that you and your child get the support you need as learning, behaviour and wellbeing are all linked.

Possible risks Possible adjustments
Missing information because of absence seizures Having a teaching assistant to watch for and provide information missed
Missing information because of absence from school Having a teacher provide notes for missed lessons
Swimming lessons Having an extra adult to watch for seizure activity
Chemistry lessons Working with someone who could make the situation safe if a seizure happened

Education after 16

For most people with epilepsy options after school include college, apprenticeships, work or university.

Some careers, such as the army or HGV driving may not be available to you but with the right support and guidance you will be able to find the best option for you.