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October is here and we are thoroughly bedded into this school year; new stationery, new shoes and new challenges! Today is World Teachers’ Day. Editorial assistant Eilís reflects on the brilliant job that teachers do and the specific challenges they face when a colleague, pupil or pupil’s relative has cancer.
Working as a teacher is both rewarding and difficult. The demands are varied and numerous: there’s the workload, marking and planning at home in the evenings, spreadsheets and admin, reaching targets, teaching engaging lessons every day, as well as meeting the educational and emotional needs of each individual student!
We understand that the topic of cancer can be a difficult subject to discuss, especially in a classroom environment. But talking about cancer can make it feel less daunting. Empowering young people with the facts about cancer can help to address any fears they might have, and dispel any myths they may have heard.
Tips for teachersIf a pupil at your school is affected by cancer:
We have information and advice about talking to children when an adult has cancer. This covers questions children might ask and their possible reactions. Our free booklet Preparing a child for loss may also have some useful advice.
If a pupil or member of staff dies:
Teaching toolkitOur Talking about cancer toolkit can help teachers to empower students to understand more about cancer. The toolkit is aimed at children aged 9 to 16 years and may be used as part of a citizenship, science or PSHE lesson.
The toolkit includes:
You can order a toolkit for free here. Or, if you would like to give us feedback on our schools and teaching resources please complete our online survey. We would love to hear from you!
We also have information about different cancer types and treatments, as well as guidance related to the practical problems presented by cancer such as money worries and work issues. Cancer affects people at all ages and stages of life. If you are a teacher or pupil affected by cancer, remember that you can call our support line from 9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, on 0808 808 00 00.
Finally, a very happy World Teachers’ Day to all the educators across the country; you’re doing a great job!
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