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Dinnington High School

Dinnington High school is an ambitious, exciting and thriving school that seeks to drive its continued success upon the principle of ‘One and All’. We are committed to each and every individual and through their academic and personal growth the school gains its identity and achievement.We seek to create a vibrant learning community where young people can thrive and develop their personal and academic skills. Our aim is to develop young people who are reflective independent learners, ambitious and aspirational and who can go on to make a full and positive contribution in life. We expect the highest standard of behavior at all times and seek to create an environment where students are safe, happy and able to take up the opportunities that a large secondary school can offer. During your child’s time at Dinnington, our aim will be to develop a strong positive partnership ensuring the highest professional standards in terms of teaching and support

Updated:
23 March 2015
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

The purpose of the government initiative is to make dementia friendly communities.  “Equip pupils with the knowledge and skills needed for effective and democratic participation.  It helps pupils to become informed, critical, active citizens who have the confidence and conviction to work collaboratively, take action and try to make a difference in their communities and the wider world” (Department for Education, 2012)

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Gaining on going commitment from all concerned to enable us to acheive our aims .

Ensuring our plans play  a meaningful part in creating a Dementia Friendly commuity and having a  useful and purposeful and inspiring effect on the pupils education

Member website

http://www.dcsch.co.uk/

2. Actions

  • Mini Health Fair Assembly

    PHSE or PSHEE/Health and Social Care KS4/Mini Health Fair Assembly – Developing a healthy, safer lifestyle.  What makes a healthy lifestyle, including the benefits of exercise and healthy eating, what affects mental health and how to make informed choices?  This information is already covered in PHSE and Health and Social care lessons at KS4 and upwards.  The information could also be embedded within the “Mini Health Fair Assembly” which also promotes Healthy Schools via PHSE and was supported by Marie Boswell from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.  The “Mini Health Fair Assembly” would help educate students from KS3 upwards.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Meet and work with people from the wider community

    Meet and work with people from the wider community both in school and through external visits.   As part of the BTEC Extended Diploma Health and Social Care a requirement of the course is that all students gain at least 200 hours of work experience in 3 different settings.  For the BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care it is a requirement that the students gain at least 100 hours of work experience in 3 different settings.  Incorporated within this is the fact that the students either have one 20 credit or two 20 credit units to complete with regards to vocational work experience, therefore these developments are not only important for the local community but also for the students opting to study the course.  As the course often leads to vocational related progression it is paramount that practical experience is gained for employment or UCAS applications.

     

    The Y12/Y13 Health and Social Care students will visit people from the wider community at Davies Court Nursing Home, Woodlands Nursing Home and Rotherham Hospital/volunteering in the wider community.  Carers and relatives at Davies Court have contacted me with regards to Dinnington Comprehensive students at KS4 and KS5 working closely with them to provide a variety of creative and therapeutic activities for their relatives.  The Health and Social care students have also been invited to volunteer locally at Davies Court where Alzheimer’s UK provide “Singing for the Brain” and the local “Dementia Cafe”.  These sessions occur several times throughout the year.   http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/custom_scripts/services.php?serviceCode=2552&branchCode=12822&areaBC=NOYO

    As part of the BTEC Extended Diploma Health and Social Care a requirement of the course is that all students gain at least 200 hours of work experience in 3 different settings.  For the BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care it is a requirement that the students gain at least 100 hours of work experience in 3 different settings.  Incorporated within this is the fact that the students either have one 20 credit or two 20 credit units to complete with regards to vocational work experience, therefore these developments are not only important for the local community but also for the students opting to study the course.  As the course often leads to vocational related progression it is paramount that practical experience is gained for employment or UCAS applications.

     

    The Y12/Y13 Health and Social Care students will visit people from the wider community at Davies Court Nursing Home, Woodlands Nursing Home and Rotherham Hospital/volunteering in the wider community.  Carers and relatives at Davies Court have contacted me with regards to Dinnington Comprehensive students at KS4 and KS5 working closely with them to provide a variety of creative and therapeutic activities for their relatives.  The Health and Social care students have also been invited to volunteer locally at Davies Court where Alzheimer’s UK provide “Singing for the Brain” and the local “Dementia Cafe”.  These sessions occur several times throughout the year.   http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/custom_scripts/services.php?serviceCode=2552&branchCode=12822&areaBC=NOYO

     

    The Y12 students have also made contact with Alison Thorpe from Voluntary Action Rotherham with a view to working with local organisations such as The British Red Cross, British Heart Foundation and The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.  The Y12 students also made contact with Yvonne Woolley from the Royal Voluntary Services who promotes the Good Neighbours Volunteers in Rotherham.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Take part in individual and group discussion to consider personal, social and moral dilemmas and the choices and decisions relating to them

    Take part in individual and group discussion to consider personal, social and moral dilemmas and the choices and decisions relating to them.  The Y12/Y13 Health and Social Care students will study two units of BTEC work as part of their course, these are Caring for the Elderly and Dementia Care.  Within these units of work the students will debate social and moral issues.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Train a Lead Teacher as a “Dementia Champion

    Train a Lead Teacher as a “Dementia Champion”.  The Lead Teacher is also involved in the sub-group partnership meetings for Alzheimer’s UK working with other local schools, colleges and by Marie Boswell from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.  The Lead Teacher could also act as a point of contact for the links with social and health care professionals.  This could also be a new group started on Facebook via the school website to invite students, friends, family, businesses and the local community etc.

    http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/article/about-champions/what-is-a-champion#.U00XgKRwbow

    Status:
    Planning
  • Train Y12/13 as “Dementia Champions/Friends

    Train Y12/13 as “Dementia Champions/Friends”.  The Y12/13 Health and Social Care students will have the opportunity to take part in free training via Alzheimer’s UK for a full day where they will become part of the UK wide initiative.  http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/

     

    The students will attend “The Alzheimer’s Show” at Manchester Event City on Friday 4th July.  This event is the UKs only dedicated exhibition and conference for families and professionals caring for a person with dementia.  The event will give the students direct access to the best information, products and services as well as practical help and solutions.  At the event there will be over 60 Dementia and Care exhibitors. www.alzheimersshow.co.uk

     

    Further to this, after a meeting at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust there is a possibility that after the training the students would be able to demonstrate the competencies needed to volunteer on the wards at the hospital therefore gaining a great insight into dementia.

     

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Invite guest speakers from Alzheimer’s UK into school to talk to Y12 Health and Social Care students

     This will creative a baseline for the students’ knowledge and understanding of dementia.  This will provide a starting point for the project.  Guest speakers could include Alzheimer’s UK, Age UK, Davies Court care workers, Rotherham Hospital, Woodlands creative activities co-ordinator and Angel Aura regarding alternative therapies.  The students will also be involved in National Dementia Awareness Week 18-24 May taking part at Rotherham Town Hall or have the opportunity to attend “Living Well with Dementia” at St Catherine’s House, Tickhill Road, Balby on Thursday 22nd May.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Y12/13 Dementia Champions/Friends” then cascade the information to groups of younger students

    The Y12/13 Health and Social Care students will then have the opportunity to cascade this information down and share their knowledge/experience with the younger students.  This should initially be the Y13 Health and Social Care students to the new Y12 Health and Social Care students in September 2014.  However, this could easily be expanded further eg through assemblies, Y11/Y10, PSHE lessons, to primary schools etc

    Status:
    Planning
  • The school focus

    The school focus will initially be a “pilot study”.  However, this could develop in more ways for example, forging new links with the local community eg dementia events ran by 6th form students, creative events with dementia patients, therapeutic activities by Angel Aura, befriending  initiatives, developing volunteering links with Rotherham Hospital, inviting local primary schools to join the groups and also primary group open days.

    http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/dementiafriendlycommunities

     

    Status:
    Planning
  • Publicise your project

    The project could be publicised in a variety of ways, the school intranet, the school internet, Facebook, school newsletter, twitter, RedRoad Radio etc.  Parents/carers could also be given/receive the free training therefore broadening the community knowledge and understanding.

     

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Evaluate your project

    This would be completed on an ongoing basis as well as annually.  Feedback should be gathered from participants in order to address concerns/problems and move forwards.  Further ideas and developments can then be addressed following the results

    Status:
    Planning
  • Dementia Awareness PHEE/Health and Social Care KS4

    PHSE or PSHEE/Health and Social Care KS4 – Developing confidence to talk about their opinions and explain their views on issues that affect themselves and society.  Preparing to play an active role as citizens.  This information is already covered in PHSE and Health and Social care lessons at KS4 and upwards.  Most of the KS4 Health and Social care students have already been given the opportunity to carry out creative and therapeutic activities at Woodlands care home therefore supporting and underpinning their knowledge. 

    Status: