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Ernesettle Community School

At Ernesettle Community School, we aim to help our children achieve the highest possible standard and provide a rich and broad, balanced curriculum. Inspiring experiences and visits are a vital part of our children's education. We help our children develop lively, creative, enquiring minds and provide them with the skills and knowledge which will prepare them for successful, healthy lives in the ever-changing world in which they live. Our high quality and committed staff provide a first-class educational experience for your children. We aim to develop very positive and productive relationships with our community and friends. Having been in the top 10 schools in the city for the last 7 years, the Regional Winner of the National Pupil Premium Award in 2016 and recently published as a model of best practice in the government's Parliamentary Review of 2017, we are very proud of what we continue to achieve.

26 August 2018
Local Alliances:
Plymouth 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?

Since September 2017, the Year 6 pupils and staff at Ernesettle Community School have regularly been visiting the local care home ( Waypoints, Plymouth) which supports and cares for residents with dementia. As part of a school project called 'Ten Acts of Kindness' the pupils visit the residents to read stories, sing songs and share their learning and experiences.

The pupils at Ernesettle Community School have also planned and held cake sales at school to raise money for Waypoints care home. The staff at the care home feel that the visits from the school children are making a positive impact on the lives of both the residents with dementia and their carers.

As a school, we would  now like to roll this out across other year groups and encourage other staff and children to become involved. By providing our pupils with more opportunities to learn about dementia and creating a more dementia friendly generation, as a school, we can support the wider national aim to build more dementia friendly communities and to be part of the local aim to work towards Plymouth being a dementia friendly city.

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

  • An initial lack of understanding of dementia amongst staff and children.
  • To widen the impact of the lessons into the community so that our school becomes a central part of our dementia friendly community.
  • To allocate time in an already crowded curriculum.

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2. Actions

  • We will ensure that the school premises is as dementia friendly as possible.

    We will arrange for Claire Puckey (Dementia Friendly City Coordinator, Plymouth City Council) to support us with carrying out a dementia friendly audit of the school building and grounds.

  • We will be part of our local Dementia Action Alliance.

    • We will make links with local organisations through the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance.
    • We will work with local professionals and experts  to ensure that we support any visitors with dementia to the school in the best way possible.
    • We will send a school representative to as many of the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance meetings as possible.
  • We will raise awareness of dementia within the school and in the wider community.

    We will arrange for Claire Puckey (Dementia Friendly City Coordinator, Plymouth City Council) to give an assembly presentation and to deliver dementia awareness sessions to staff and pupils. Continue to develop projects within the local community e.g. pupils visiting local care homes and sharing stories etc. Continue to invite local elderly residents to school events such as Easter and Christmas. Promote our commitment to working towards becoming a dementia friendly school on our school website, Facebook page and newsletter. Ensure that staff have access to information about Dementia in the staffroom.


    2018 - Third Quarter Update

    Claire has delivered an assembly to the whole school on Dementia Awreness.Claire has delivered sessions/workshops to our KS2 pupils about Dementia and they have become Dementia friends.The photographs and infomration from the sessions were posted on our school Facebook page for our Parents and the wider community to see.All staff were invited to and many attended a long/more informative Dementia Awareness session with Claire. Year 6 Pupils won a National Dementia competition with Waypoints Care Home due to their continued work with them. Year 6 Pupils continue to work with Waypoints Dementia Care Home regularly.