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The Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) Teaching Resources

Tuesday 20th November 2012

Teenage Cancer TrustIt is natural for people to feel uneasy and uncomfortable talking about cancer and a lot of people; particularly young people assume that it is a disease that only affects those that are over 60 years old. Sadly, of those that are diagnosed with cancer sometime in their lives, a third of them are under the age of 60 and as a consequence of cancer not being studied as part of the curriculum, students can leave school having very little knowledge of what cancer is. This can result in misunderstanding, which can lead to worry and fear – particularly if a close family member or friend has cancer, or has had the disease in the past.

The Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) is a charity whose ethics centre around offering young people straightforward, unambiguous information about cancer in a positive and supportive manner. Their aim is to nurture within teenagers, understanding of the issues without raising unnecessary concern. The advice that TCT provides encourages teenagers to gain an awareness of their own bodies and, should they have any concerns, to discuss them with trusted family member, friend or teacher.

The Teenage Cancer Trust has designed some excellent interactive educational materials called ‘Lets Talk About It’. They have been designed so that they can be used:

  • As part of activity or theme days.

  • To enhance and improve functional skills.

  • Across subjects including PSHE, ICT and English and also include links across other subject areas where there are common topics or learning opportunities.

By using video clips, interactive quizzes and helpful lesson plans, which are intended for use alongside the educational talks that TCT provide, the materials focus on cancer but attempts to situate it within the everyday life of a student and gives teenagers the facts about cancer, whilst also debunking the fiction and the urban myths. Also, from a wider perspective, teenagers are encouraged to explore and learn about themselves, but within a context that pushes beyond their self-focused existence and challenges them to consider and understand other teenagers like themselves, in fact teenagers that actually could be themselves.

The resource contains information and opinions of experts in the subject of cancer in order to prompt classroom discussions and debates and the videos do not use real actors, just normal teenagers, so that students find it easy to relate to what they are saying.

The ‘Lets Talk About It’ resource that has been developed for use by teachers and home educators explores a number of areas. These include:

  • Understanding emotion

  • Talking to adults

  • Expressing emotion

  • Are we all treated the same

  • Healthy lifestyles

  • Making a presentation

  • How to make a difference

The materials have been designed to work in any web browser and can also be uploaded into school learning platforms. Each area include the following materials:

  • Interactive resource, which includes the articles, videos and activities.

  • PDF copies of the articles, which can be downloaded and printed if necessary.

  • Engaging worksheets, which can be downloaded and printed also.

  • Helpful teacher notes offering advice about the best ways to deliver the material.


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