The award is for CLIC Sargent’s Cancer and School Life pack, which was developed following research into the impact of cancer on a child’s primary and secondary education.
The pack is provided in schools where a pupil has cancer so teachers can ensure classmates understand their friend’s illness.
It includes a short animated video that children can watch as well as footage of young people talking about the support they received from friends when they had cancer. There is also a series of interactive activities for pupils.
CLIC Sargent involved education professionals and children throughout the development of the pack, as well as consulting with the charity’s focus group of children and young people who have had cancer. It was then piloted in three schools before being made available for schools across the UK where a child is diagnosed with cancer.
CLIC Sargent Information Manager Cassie Davis said: “I’m delighted the charity has won. We worked closely with teachers, schoolchildren and parents to ensure the pack meets their needs – and we know it’s making a real difference. It’s wonderful to have that work recognised through receiving such a prestigious award.”
Reviewing the school pack for the BMA, Dr Hannah R Bridges said: “I love this resource and believe it demonstrates best practice in information production and shows real ambition and a desire to help.
"The strength of the initial research shows through — CLIC Sargent have understood the needs of pupils and teachers and have put great thought into how to best meet their needs. The resource is high quality, well-written and very practical.
“The different elements of the resource are a real strength, helping teachers to understand why the lesson is important, how to plan it, and giving them the knowledge on cancer they need to succeed.
"The tailored information for pupils is structured to answer their likely questions — again it is very focused on meeting their needs. Initial feedback shows that the resource is having a very positive impact and is meeting its aims. This resource shows information provision at its best — providing a solution to an identified problem using the very best practice.”
Find out more about CLIC Sargent’s Cancer and School Life pack.