Great News! We have updated, upgraded and improved the Sun Safe Schools accreditation scheme and website to ensure we are delivering the best possible resource, user experience and robust accreditation. Since it’s launch in 2013, Sun Safe Schools has proved a hugely successful resource for thousands of schools, teaching hundreds of thousands of children nationwide. In addition the scheme ensures the delivery of vital prevention and early detection advice to the homes of each child, creating a huge reach for skin cancer awareness.
Over the last year in particular, the scheme has fast gained recognition as the UK’s leading resource for skin cancer prevention. The charity has been overwhelmed with the interest it is generating as the realisation hits home that education is key to reversing the soaring rates of skin cancer and melanoma in the UK.
Moving with the times, Skcin have invested their efforts during the winter months to develop the scheme in time for Spring 2017 when interest levels and registrations will significantly rise as the warmer weather makes an appearance.
Free for all primary schools to register and take part, the 4-step on-line accreditation process, guides schools through each step which are backed up by comprehensive resources to help them achieve their accreditation by; Creating a suitable sun safety policy; Communicating with parents to gain support and raise awareness within the wider school community; And educating pupils on the importance of sun safety to influence behaviour and ultimately, save lives.
The gallery and testimonials we have received from our Sun Safe Schools are testament to the fantastic work being achieved by schools across the UK. Skcin would like to thank all the schools that have taken part since our launch and for their valuable support and feedback. We hope that new website, enhanced resources and polished accreditation process, will continue to provide schools and children with the best possible resource to create a positive, sun safe future for our future generations and those to come.
Together we can make a difference and save lives.
With over exposure to UV responsible for 86% of all skin cancer cases and 4 out of every 5 melanoma deaths, it seems absurd that this devastating disease remains the most common and fastest rising cancer in the UK and now one of the biggest cancer killers in 15-34 year olds.
Over £100 million is spent every year on the treatment of skin cancer, yet little to nothing is allocated to promoting the prevention of 86% of all cases - education, education, education. UV awareness and skin cancer have always been regarded as a public health issue and not an educational one. The fact is that they are inextricably linked. If only the two government departments would "work together", in the long-term huge health cost savings could be achieved and more importantly many lives would be saved.
Sun Safety without doubt has to be regarded as a serious health and safety issue in schools. The NICE guidelines for skin cancer prevention make it clear that children should never be allowed to burn and should be made aware of how important it is to protect their skin. Guidelines recommend that schools develop a policy on how to protect children when they are outside for more than a brief period in strong sunlight.
However, for schools across the UK, this can pose a daunting prospect; What does the policy look like? What guidelines should we follow? How do we get parents to support us? How do we give the right advice? How do we educate pupils? Where do we get the resources we need? And how do I find the time to source and implement it all?
National skin cancer charity ‘Skcin’ are the UK lead in the prevention and early detection of skin cancer and recognise not only the importance of Sun Safety education in schools, but the pressures faced by those tasked to implement an effective policy. To combat this need and fill the mammoth void that existed in this arena, Skcin developed the UK’s first national accreditation scheme; sunsafeschools.co.uk
Free to all primary schools, the scheme consists of a 4-step accreditation process that assists schools in; Creating a suitable sun safety policy; Communicating with parents to gain support and raise awareness within the wider school community; And educating pupils on the importance of sun safety to influence behaviour and ultimately, save lives.
The Sun Safe Schools accreditation process is backed up by the provision of quality, practical resources and educational tools, providing a comprehensive range of fun and engaging, curriculum linked teaching resources for key stage 1 and key stage 2 pupils.
With more deaths in the UK from skin cancer each year than Australia - the UV capital of the world, It’s time us Brit’s got with the programme and worked together to combat this devastating disease.
Skcin are pleased to announce that Netherton Primary School in Lanarkshire have renewed their Sun Safe Schools Accreditation. The accreditation has been awarded to the school as they have completed the necessary steps to ensure their pupils and employees are educated on the importance of sun safety and that a suitable sun safe environment and policy is put in place and reviewed annually.
Skcin are pleased to announce that St John's Primary School in London have renewed their Sun Safe Schools Accreditation by ensuring their pupils are educated on the importance of sun safety and that a suitable sun safe environment and policy is put in place and reviewed annually.
“We have enjoyed working towards becoming a sun safe school. We are lucky that our school has lots of natural shading to provide protection from the sun. Parents, staff and children have worked in partnership to ensure we keep our pupil's safe in the sun. This project ensures children are educated about the dangers of the sun from a young age and become independent in keeping themselves safe.”
Skcin are pleased to announce that St Michaels RC VA Primary School is now a Sun Safe School.
“Our children have fully enjoyed this and are now reminding staff to wear hats and suncream”.
Skcin are pleased to announce that Birkenhead School is now an official Sun Safe School.
“Our head teacher did an assembly on sun safety for all the children and read the book to the children. They all thoroughly enjoyed it. The lesson plans were completed across the school and children were given the opportunity to complete worksheets in order to obtain a sticker. A wonderful scheme and the children thoroughly enjoyed it as well as learning about it. Good to get parents and teachers involved too”.
Skcin are pleased to announce that Stonebroom Primary School has completed their Sun Safe Schools Accreditation. “Stonebroom Primary School provides every child with a school sun hat. Children do not go outside in the sun without their hat or suncream. The sun cream dispensers are excellent. We introduced the sun cream and sun cream dispensers in assembly. We feel that we are a very 'sun safe' school anyway. This has just made us think very carefully about what we do, who we inform etc.
“We have enjoyed taking part in Sun Safe Schools. The children enjoyed learning the 5 sun safety rules. They listened well to the story of 'George the Sun Safe Superstar.' The story was engaging and the younger children responded well to the rhyme throughout the book with many joining in and trying to guess the finishing word. The children enjoyed completing the Sun Safe activities. The lessons were engaging and children in Year 3 enjoyed modelling to the school how they keep safe in the sun.”
“A wonderful project that we are proud to be a part of. The learning resources were fun and the children really enjoyed completing them. The process has shown that staying safe in the sun is easy, fun and so very important. We're already looking forward to renewing our status next year.”