Resources for Secondary Schools

Teach your class about dementia

Wales schools launchLaunch of schools resources in Wales, with Education Secretary Kirsty Williams

Request our Key Stage Three and Four dementia resources
, which have been accredited by the PSHE Association. 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 and Four in Irish Gaelic will be launching 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.

Make your school more dementia-friendly

Dementia Friends Information Sessions

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Dementia Friends Information Sessions
are one hour, awareness-raising sessions about what it is like to live with dementia and how we can all contribute to make our communities more dementia-friendly. They are run by Dementia Friends Champion volunteers and are suitable for anyone aged 5+.

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 in 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

Teens Elf Day
Are your pupils crackers about Christmas? Do your teaching staff look forward to the festive period all year? Then Elf Day is definitely for you!

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

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