Resources for Secondary Schools
The resources have been accredited by the PSHE Association and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment. The resource packs cover:
- Explaining dementia
- Dementia in the community
- Supporting those affected by dementia
The resources can contribute towards key aspects of the national curriculum, enabling pupils to gain knowledge and understanding linked to PSHE & Citizenship. They can also support work towards British Values, SMSC and Personal Development, behaviour and welfare, when embedded within a spiral curriculum or as part of an enrichment day.
The resources are currently available in English and Welsh, and you can download previews of the resources. Key Stage Three is also in Irish language, with KS4 available in Spring 2017 - pre-order your copy now!
Hold an assembly on dementia
Request our Key Stage 3 assembly pack to deliver an assembly to your pupils about dementia and the work of the Alzheimer's Society. This is also available in Welsh and Irish languages.
Schools resources launch in Northern Ireland
The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment have accredited our resources for use across in Northern Ireland. Key Stage Three has also be translated into Irish language.Pupils Josh & Christian with their teacher, Mr Ramsey, from Bangor Grammar School at our resources launch in Northern Ireland
Education Minister, Peter Weir said:
“I welcome the launch of this important resource for schools from the Alzheimer’s Society in Northern Ireland. With so many of our young people helping to care for family and friends with dementia, it is vital that they are equipped with the right tools to help them.
Schools provide children with a wide-ranging and broad education, helping them to become well-rounded individuals. It is right that as part of their education they learn about issues such as dementia and learn the skills needed to best take care of and help family members and friends who have the condition."
Key Stage Four will be launching in Irish language in Spring 2017 - pre-order your copy now!
Make your school more dementia-friendly
Dementia Friends Information Sessions
As part of the session, attendees are asked to become a 'Dementia Friend' by pledging an action to help - it could be something as simple as being kind and patient with a relative who is living with dementia, or sharing the five key messages from the session.
Dementia Friends Information Sessions can contribute towards pupil welfare and safeguarding provision, as they develop students' PSHE skills and attributes, such as resilience and empathy.
By completing the one of our resource packs and completing Dementia Friends action cards, your pupils will be eligible to receive their free Dementia Friends badge - please see guidance when you receive the resource pack.
You can also request a Dementia Friends Information Session to be delivered to your class by a Dementia Friends Champion volunteer.
Becoming more dementia-friendly
There are lots of ways in which your school can become more dementia-friendly. Contact your local Dementia Action Alliance for ideas of simple actions you can take - from awareness-raising to intergenerational community projects - and to be recognised for your efforts.
If you are keen to support the development of guidance for schools, as part of our work building dementia-friendly communities, please contact email the Youth Engagement team.
Stoke Damerel Community College in Stoke took a whole-school approach to embedding dementia in the curriculum:
Elf Day Fundraiser
On Friday 9th December, we are asking schools to get involved by organising an Elf Day. Whether students just wear elf hats, Christmas jumpers or dress head-to-toe in elf costumes - anything goes for this festive fundraiser.
Request a fundraising pack for lots of free resources and ideas.
Resources for young people
Our Pinterest Board features lots of books that are available for young people to help explain dementia through stories.
The Dementia Brain Tour is a free educational video resource that includes chapters on the brain and how brain cells function, Alzheimer's disease, Posterior Cortical Atrophy, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, fronto-temporal dementia and other rarer causes of dementia.
'What are the symptoms of dementia?' is a video which covers how dementia can affect someone and what you can expect.
Brain: The Inside Story is a free resource for A-level biology students to explore the brain and nervous system.
This BBC video report follows young reporters Iman and Megan as they find out more about Alzheimer's disease.
Tune Into Dementia is a film by Inspired Youth, made with students at Joseph Rowntree School in York. Students from the school provided the creative ideas to stimulate debate about dementia with young people.
For more ideas or support, email firstname.lastname@example.org