Bywell Junior school
We are a three form entry junior school serving the community within Dewsbury. We have 365 pupils with 14 teaching staff and a wide range of support staff. We serve a community with many different backgrounds and needs. We are a Church of England school and adhere to a Christian ethos that is reinforced throughout out school.
- 23 January 2018
- Education Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Kirklees 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?
We are working hard to ensure that all of our children have a solid grounding on dementia so that they are able to understand what dementia is and how it can affect people within our society creating a dementia friendly generation. In addition, we are eager to raise both money and awareness for those who have the condition.
We are also willing and would like to make links with local care homes to provide company and activities to support activities which may include write letters, sing songs etc.
We are also aiming to provide all of the staff with dementia friends awareness within our school so we are able to connect with the community we serve in a way that is both understanding and empathetic.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The organisation of school timetable and the safeguarding of our young children during the process.
Making contacts with local care homes and transportation from school to the organisation.
Delivering dementia sessions across whole school and fitting in time for staff to be trained
How can you overcome these challenges?
Ensure the safety of our children is held in the highest regard and ensure that permission from appropriate parents or carers is given in order to allow children to take part in any activity. Ensure that we make links with local care homes so that we are able to safely and responsibly take children there and back. Make connection with the Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance and other recommended care homes to establish links with in our local area. Ensure that time is prepared in order to allow for training session for both adults and children.
Christopher Nicholson- Teacher
Bywell Junior school
Improve our understanding of Dementia
Arrange Dementia Friends awareness sessions in order that both children within our school and staff understand a little more about the condition. This will help enable us to raise awareness of dementia within our local community.
Implement dementia awareness within our PSHCE curriculum
Ensure that at least once every half term a dementia awareness course is delivered to the children in order to keep up awareness within the school all year round.
We will use the “dementia friendly generation” resource packs as guidance and ask children to complete an action card as part of this learning process, this will enable the children to become Dementia Friends.
Raise money for Dementia Charities and make connections with local care homes
Ask children to come to school in blue once a year to raise money for dementia charities and host coffee morning to help both raise money and awareness.
Link up with the Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance and establish links with local care homes. Children will get the chance to visit the home, write letter, sing songs and read poetry etc.
After a discussion with the manager of Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance we will ensure that the school grabs every opportunity to become involved with the Alliance such as the delivery of a school assembly and getting involved with creating a display with the Forget-Me-Not competition etc.