Hi all I am starting my GTP in September, and having had myoclonic epilepsy (petit mal) since the age of 9, I was just wondering if there are any other teachers who have any advice at all? Things that I am worried about currently are; My epilepsy worsens under stress, I have taught several lessons and where I have been observed my epilepsy goes haywire!! I daze out for anywhere up to 15 seconds, which may not sound like long but it feels it when I am teaching!! I know that as my career progresses I will find observations etc a bit easier! So far I don't think students have noticed, however as my epilepsy is worsening I am concerned I may have a grand mal seizure, or larger fit at school. My drama teacher had epilepsy when I was at school and she told us right at the beginning what to do etc....BUT I was in year 10...and in my school I will be teaching from year 7 upwards. I don't want to scare any students, and I don't want to make it sound like a big deal, because it shouldnt be really! But I also would like to know what to do if I should have a grand mal fit in front of students...I think I am worried about their reactions! Tiredness!! I get soooo tired, very easily. I find I have to have about 10 or 11 hours of sleep a night to feel OK the next day, and I hear stories about teachers staying up til the early hours planning...Is it reasonable of me to expect to use the weekends for planning time and therefore be able to sleep normally? I did declare my epilepsy to the GTP people, and they still accepted me so I am guessing from their perspective they feel it will not hinder my career, but any advice would be greatly received! Thanks!