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Please note that the dementia4schools project has now ceased and has been replaced by Alzheimer's Society's Youth Engagement Project


Intergenerational Schools project

Creating a Dementia Friendly Generation

During the school year 2012-13, 21 schools were engaged in a pioneer project to explore ways of developing children and young people’s knowledge and understanding of dementia. With the support of their Local Authority, Department of Health, Alzheimer’s Society, Dr Karim Saad of the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority, the Health and Social Care Partnership, and under the leadership of Angela Rippon, they developed a diverse range of teaching resources and events to teach children about dementia. 

Over 2000 children directly participated in a variety of activities to aid learning about dementia, including dementia awareness lessons, choir visits to dementia care homes, debates and art, drama and music projects.

This work was evaluated by the University of Worcester’s Association of Dementia Studies-

Schools adopted a wide variety of approaches, resulting in bespoke projects. This reflects the ingenuity and resourcefulness of both the teachers and pupils involved, but also demonstrates what is achievable within a relatively short time span.

Individual projects ranged from simple to complex, over differing lengths of time, but the unifying fact remains that improvements were seen within every school regardless of their approach. Any school wishing to implement their own dementia project in the future should therefore be able to use the guidance, resources and activities identified from these schools to identify an approach to match their requirements.

They asked schools across England to become involved in Phase 2 and be inspired by their Pioneers to develop their own lessons and resources to give the children in their schools an awareness of dementia and help create a Dementia Friendly Generation.

How people got Involved

They encouraged all schools in England across all key stages from primary to sixth form colleges to engage with the Project.

They asked people to provide the support schools needed to connect with local organisations, help shape resources and enable learning.

In many cases when developing their own structures, teachers required a helping hand in providing additional information, or to help them engage with people with dementia and their carers in the local area.  

Questions asked were:

  • Can you recommend a school?
  • Can you promote the Project in your locality?
  • Can you offer help and guidance to participating schools in your area?

A suite of resources based on the pioneer schools’ work and a full evaluation of Phase One of the project by the University of Worcester was launched. Resources developed during Phase 1 can be found here.


Dementia Action Alliance Guidance Note for Schools

A guidance note for schools looking to sign up to the Dementia Action Alliance to support their local projects, help them with local connections and build dementia friendly communities was created and you can view this here.

Here is the full list of schools that are members of the Dementia Action Alliance:

Here is the full list of schools that are delivering dementia lessons/ projects in schools as phase one of the schools project:

  1. Ansdell Primary School, Lytham St Anne’s
  2. Ashill Community  School, Ilminster, Somerset
  3. Basingstoke College, Hampshire
  4. Bebington High Sports College, The Wirral
  5. Bernard Gilpin Primary School, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland
  6. Bexley Community College, Belvedere
  7. Birchfield School, Leeds
  8. Bishop Heber High School, Malpas
  9. Bishop's Lydeard C of E Primary School, Taunton
  10. Blackawton Primary School, Totnes
  11. Blean School, Canterbury
  12. Bradford College
  13. Broadford Primary School, Romford
  14. Broadgreen International School, Liverpool
  15. Brockenhust College, Hampshire
  16. Brockhill Park Performing Arts College, Saltwood, Kent
  17. Brookfield Community School, Southampton
  18. Buckland St Mary Primary School, Chard, Somerset
  19. Burnley Road Academy, Hebden Bridge
  20. Carisbrooke College, Newport Isle of Wight
  21. Childwall Church of England Primary Liverpool
  22. Chipping Norton Secondary School, Oxfordshire
  23. Christchurch School, Churcham, Gloucestershire
  24. Clyst Heath Nursery and Community Primary School, Exeter
  25. Coombe St Nicholas Primary School, Somerset
  26. Coombeshead Academy, Newton Abbott,
  27. Copplestone Primary School, Crediton
  28. Corbridge Middle School, Northumberland
  29. Cornwall College
  30. Cotford St Luke Community Primary School, Taunton
  31. Coundon Court, Coventry
  32. Cranfield C of E Academy, Bedford
  33. Crawley College, West Sussex
  34. Curzon Church of England Combined School, Penn Street
  35. Danesfield CoE Middle School, Williton, Somerset
  36. Dartmouth Academy, Devon
  37. Dixon's Allerton Academy, Bradford
  38. Dormers Wells High School, Southall
  39. Duchess's Community High School, Northumberland
  40. Durham School
  41. Ellngton First School, Northumberland
  42. Elmfield School for Deaf Children, Westbury on Trym
  43. Falmouth School, Cornwall
  44. Gildersome Primary School, Leeds
  45. Gloucester Academy
  46. Gloucestershire College, Cheltenham
  47. Gorse Ride Junior School, Finchampstead, Wokingham
  48. Gretton Primary School, Cheltenham
  49. Hamble Community College, Hampshire
  50. Hambridge Primary School, Somerset
  51. Hamp Community Junior School, Bridgwater, Somerset
  52. Hampton Hargate Primary School, Peterborough
  53. Harewood Junior School, Tuffley, Gloucestershire
  54. Heart of England School, Coventry
  55. Heathfield Community College, East Sussex
  56. Highams Park School, Newham, London
  57. Holy Trinity CE VC Primary School, Weymouth
  58. Joseph Rowntree School, York
  59. King Ethelbert's School Academy, Birchington, Kent
  60. Liverpool College
  61. Maghull High School, Liverpool
  62. Maiden Beech Academy, Crewkerne Somerset
  63. Manor Court Primary School, Chard, Somerset
  64. Merriott First School, Crewkerne, Somerset
  65. Neroche Primary School, Ilminster, Somerset
  66. Newent Community School & Sixth Form Centre , Gloucester
  67. Northampton School for Girls
  68. Northway Primary and Nursery School, Liverpool
  69. Oasis Academy, Limeside, Oldham
  70. Oasis Isle of Sheppey Academy, Sheerness, Kent
  71. Okehampton College, 
  72. Old Cleeve Primary, Washford, Somerset
  73. Orchards Academy, Swanley, Kent
  74. Oriel School, West Sussex
  75. Our Lady Star of the Sea, Seaforth, Liverpool
  76. Parklands High School, Chorley, Cheshire
  77. Pates Grammar School, Cheltenham
  78. Picklenash Primary School, Gloucestershire
  79. Presdales School, Ware, Hertfordshire
  80. Prudhoe Community High School, Northumberland
  81. Raynville Primary School, Leeds
  82. Redstart Primary School, Chard, Somerset
  83. Robert Smyth Academy, Market Harborough, Leicestershire
  84. Rookwood School, Andover, Hampshire
  85. Rutlish School, Merton Park London
  86. Ryde Academ , Isle of Wight
  87. Sidmouth College, Devon
  88. Southlake Primary School, Reading
  89. Spratton Hall C of E Primary School, Northampton
  90. Springfield School, Portsmouth
  91. Springwood heath Primary, Liverpool
  92. St Ambrose Catholic Primary School, Liverpool
  93. St Bartholomew's C of E First School, Crewkerne, Somerset
  94. St Cuthberts C of E Infants  School, Wells, Somerset
  95. St Ivo School, St Ives, Cambridgeshire
  96. St John the Baptist RC Primary School, Dartmouth
  97. St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Gravesend
  98. St John's School, Bishop Auckland
  99. St Joseph's Middle School, Hexham
  100. St Leonards C of E Primary School (VC), Exeter
  101. St Luke’s Science and Sports College, Exeter
  102. St Mary's C of E Primary School, West Sussex
  103. St Michael in the Hamlet, Liverpool
  104. St Peter's First School, Williton, Somerset
  105. St Vincent's, Liverpool
  106. St Wilfrid's Catholic School, West Sussex
  107. Stoke Damerel Community College, Plymouth
  108. Stopsley School, Luton
  109. Swanshurst School, Billesley
  110. Tavistock  College, Devon
  111. Tenbury High School, Worcestershire
  112. Tewkesbury School, Gloucestershire
  113. The Connaught School, Aldershot, Hampshire
  114. The Corsham School, Wiltshire
  115. The Crompton House CE Academy, Oldham
  116. The Gedling School, Nottingham
  117. The Gryphon School, Sherborne
  118. The Kings School, Ottery St Mary
  119. The Northfleet School for Girls, Gravesend
  120. Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, Dorset
  121. Tirlebrook Primary School, Tewkesbury Gloucestershire
  122. Tudor CE (VC)  Primary School, Sudbury, Suffolk
  123. Tudor Grange Academy, Worcestershire
  124. Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammer School, Kent
  125. Weeke Primary School, Winchester
  126. Wellesley Park Primary School, Wellington Somerset
  127. Wellington School, Altrincham
  128. Westbury on Trym, CoE Academy
  129. Westende Junior School, Wokingham
  130. Westfield Primary Community School, York
  131. Whipton Barton Junior School, Exeter
  132. Whiteknights Primary School, Reading
  133. Wincheap School, Canterbury
  134. Winsham Primary School, Chard, Somerset
  135. Woodheys Primary School, Meadway, Sale
  136. Woodley School, Stockport
  137. Woodside School, Belvedere