Building on the recommendations from Kent County Council’s 2011 Dementia Select Committee Report ‘A new stage in life’, we always wanted to develop a learning resource pack which would encourage all Kent schools to cover dementia in their curriculum.
The very first workshop for the learning resource pack was held in August 2013. Participants included teachers from Northfleet School for Girls and Brockhill Park Performing Arts School; social care was represented by Shidaa from Surrey County Council; Raisa and Lorraine attended on behalf of Ekids and Dementia Diaries Editorial Board and Matthew Snyman as the author and illustrator of Dementia Diaries. We also had support for this work from Mid Kent College and East Kent College and Keith Oliver, a retired Head teacher from Canterbury.
We discussed the intergenerational projects that were already happening across Kent and were inspired by work happening around the UK in Dementia 4 schools and the learning resources already developed by Rock Sturt, formally of ADSS, as part of the national Dementia Challenge.
The purpose of the workshop was to really understand what the Learning Resource pack needed to be, we concluded it needed to:
1) include baseline knowledge or where to get it from;
2) be a whole systems approach, making dementia relevant and accessible in a way that compliments what teachers/students already have to achieve;
3) inspire people with resources/tools without imposing/directing exactly what they do with them or how they do it
A year later and we had put together a specification for a freelance teacher to start to make the learning resource pack. We have followed the requirements above while building on the success and format of the Dementia Diaries, featuring all the characters from the book.
The resources have been co-developed using the SILK approach with the support of the Dementia Diaries Editorial Board; it is now clear that it will be relevant for schools but also for home-schooling and wider community education. Keep up to date here Learning Resource Pack.