Wembley school and its medical and welfare officer shortlisted for a Young Epilepsy Awards

Craig Wain and Oakington Manor Primary School have been nominated for a Young Epilepsy Champions Awa

Craig Wain and Oakington Manor Primary School have been nominated for a Young Epilepsy Champions Award - Credit: Archant

A medical and welfare officer and the primary school he works at in Brent have been shortlisted for an accolade the Young Epilepsy Awards.

Both Craig Wain and Oakington Manor Primary School in Wembley, have been nominated for their efforts in raising awareness of the neurological condition.

Mr Wain said: “We are really pleased. Anything we can do to raise awareness of epilepsy is a bonus.

“We are passionate about children and eager to create a healthy environment for them to learn and part of that is acknowledging medical conditions.”

The welfare officer pushed the initiative at the primary school in Oakington Manor Drive, when he came across a child with complex epilepsy when he joined in 2011.

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Telling the Times that staff members had minimal awareness of epilepsy and the effects it can have on learning and behaviour, he added: “Support from local services was very minimal.

“I contacted Young Epilepsy as I had seen the Education in School Project that they were advertising.

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“They came to the school and did training with staff and also the parent.

“Immediately after you could see a positive change in the way staff supported the child.”

The school now boast a robust support scheme and host annual staff training to raise awareness and prepare teaching/ support staff to manage and support a child with epilepsy.

Lisa Farmer, the charity’s interim chief executive, said: “Craig Wain and Oakington Manor Primary School’s nominations stood out because of their superb commitment to raise awareness and improve the lives of children and young people living with the condition.”

Mr Wain, who lives in Kingsbury, plans to host a cake sale to raise money for Purple Day 2014 – a world day for epilepsy awareness.

“Without the resources and support from Young Epilepsy, the positive changes that have happened could not have been possible,” he said.

The ceremony will take place on March 26 at City Hall in London.

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