Dying Matters school lesson plan
Children see the world very differently to adults; their imaginations are still unprejudiced. Why not tap into this through education?
Dying Matters is calling for dying, death and bereavement to be added to the national curriculum for secondary schools. As part of our drive to bring about a national conversation about dying, we believe that all secondary school pupils in England should be taught about issues relating to death and dying. Someone in the UK dies every minute, but despite some great work many schools remain unsure about how to best support pupils who are affected.
Claire Henry, Chief Executive of Dying Matters and the National Council for Palliative Care, said: "During Dying Matters Awareness Week 2014, which ran from 12-18 May, we again highlighted the importance of teaching death, dying and bereavement in secondary schools. In order to break down taboos around death society-wide, it is vital that people of all ages feel supported to discuss their feelings around death and dying openly. That is why we want learning about dying and death to be a key part of the national curriculum in all secondary schools in England.”
Dying Matters has produced a number of resources to help teachers incorporate death, dying and bereavement into lessons: