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Pupils: Epilepsy

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will collect information on (a) levels of epilepsy in schools and (b) educational attainment of pupils with epilepsy. (291019)

[holding answer 14 September 2009]: The School Census collects data on the numbers of children with special educational needs (SEN) and we publish data on their educational attainment. For those children at School Action Plus or with a statement, data are collected on their primary need in 12 categories. The latest figures can be found in Special Educational Needs in England: January 2009 (SFR14/2009)

There is not a specific category for children with epilepsy, although where they have a special educational need, they will be captured in the overall SEN figures.

In the joint Department for Children, Schools and Families and Department of Health publication “Healthy Lives: Brighter Futures, The strategy for children and young people’s health” (February 2009),

we provided an estimate of the number of children with epilepsy in an average Primary Care Trust area:

“In an average-sized health community, with a population of around 80,000 children and young people up to the age of 18...over 300 will have epilepsy.”