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Posted On: 1st Feb 2017

Epilepsy At School

Karis is educating teachers about epilepsy
Karis spoke to Codie O'Grady about her school experience
Rachel Martin, education officer at Young Epilepsy, supports the campaign

'I don’t remember when I've had an epileptic fit. Coming round is one of the strangest feelings in the world. I could go into the school canteen and have a seizure with no warning at all.


'I don’t think my teachers had a clue what was going on. I think I was failed because nobody knew what to do.


'Kids can be cruel, and other pupils would say things like 'she's touched me so I'm going to get epilepsy'.'


Hearing about experiences like this has encouraged Karis Charley to launch a campaign to educate teachers about epilespsy. 


Her story was broadcast on ITV Tyne Tees.


With Fixers, the 17-year-old has created a booklet which shows them how to help a child in the event of a seizure. 


She says: 'I want to help teachers and students have a better awareness of epilepsy when it affects someone in their class.


'I have a sister going into primary school now that has epilepsy and I want her school experience to be more positive.' 


Click on the link below to read more about the booklet Karis made as part of her Fixers project.




Rachel Martin, education officer at charity Young Epilepsy, supports Karis's campaign. 


She says: 'Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological condition in the UK – on average it affects one child in every primary school and five in every secondary school.


'Current research tells us four out of five children living with epilepsy are currently being let down.


'It’s critical that we raise awareness of epilepsy in schools so all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.'


Karis, who lives in Stockton, adds: 'If I get to make an impact on this issue I’d be so happy because it’s something that can really shape someone’s future.


'If they have a more positive experience in the education system, then it would just be brilliant.'


To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below. 


Author: Molly Kersey


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