Epileptic pupils underachieve

12th May 2006 at 01:00
Children with epilepsy are failing to reach their full potential because teachers are unaware of the impact the condition can have on their academic grades, a study has revealed.

Less than a quarter of teachers believed their knowledge and awareness of epilepsy was good, according to a survey carried out by the charity Epilepsy Action.

Yet almost half acknowledged that the condition could harm a child's performance at school and three-quarters said it could affect their relationships with other pupils.

More than two-thirds of pupils with epilepsy in mainstream schools did not get grades consistent with their intellect, particularly in maths and reading, according to the charity.

The survey has been released prior to National Epilepsy Week, from May 14 to 20.

For further information about epilepsy and education call Epilepsy Action's helpline on 0808 800 5050 or visit www.epilepsy.org.uk

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