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There’s always something to shout about!

Check out our latest news below where we love to shout about the
fantastic efforts and great feedback from primary schools completing their
Sun Safe Schools Accreditation across the UK and beyond!

Congratulations to St Stephens CP School Saltash for completing their Sun Safe Accreditation!

Skcin are pleased to announce that St Stephens CP School Saltash is now a Sun Safe School.
Our sunsafe journey has been taken on by the children really well. We have a uv monitor and have purchased sun cream for all classes for reapplication throughout the day. The policy and letter for parents was clear and concise and the resources for assemblies and teaching are excellent!

Congratulations to Westmeads Community Infant School for completing their Sun Safe Accreditation!

Skcin are pleased to announce that Westmeads Community Infant School is now a Sun Safe School.
We have been really impressed with the whole campaign. The resources have been excellent and so easy to use. We were wary of the amount of work that would be required at a busy enough time of year, but this has not been the case. The children sat for over half an hour during assembly when we introduced it to them and took part in the lessons with a sense of maturity and gravity even. We feel the message is a very important one and are glad to have been part of this process. We look forward to re-doing our accreditation next year!

Congratulations to WYNDHAM PRIMARY ACADEMY who have just renewed their Sun Safe Accreditation!

Skcin are pleased to announce that WYNDHAM PRIMARY ACADEMY in DERBY 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.
This scheme has been valuable in educating the children on the importance of being sunsafe. They in turn have helped to educate their parents as many are not aware of the risks sun exposure causes.

Lancaster Road Primary School completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Communication With Parents

Skcin are pleased to announce that Lancaster Road Primary School in Morecambe have completed Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by sending home with each child: a copy of their Sun Safety Policy, a letter about the scheme and Sun Safety Information.
The booklet was very useful and colourful. The policy template made the writing of a sunsafe policy very simple.

Reigate Park Primary School completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Communication With Parents

Skcin are pleased to announce that Reigate Park Primary School in Derby have completed Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by sending home with each child: a copy of their Sun Safety Policy, a letter about the scheme and Sun Safety Information.
The resources were very easy to complete, leading me through the process step by step. The sun safe booklet is a useful reminder for the parents and children about the dangers and easy precautions for sun safety.

Sun Academy Bradwell completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that Sun Academy Bradwell in Bradwell have completed Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by creating a Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.
The resources made the school think about the variety of actions that can be taken and how we can proactivey ensure children are sun safe.

Congratulations to Stanton Road Primary School who have just renewed their Sun Safe Accreditation!

Skcin are pleased to announce that Stanton Road Primary School in Wirral 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 had a really good time learning all about sun safety, the children have throughly enjoyed it. They especially liked working on the activities ( we have photos of this which will be emailed through to you separately as they aren't on the schools camera )
we have appointed 2 uv monitors one for key stage one and one for key stage 2 they will display the number everyday from the print outs we have got from the resources section. The parents response has been great and a lot more children are coming into school with the appropriate sun safety items, many thanks stanton

Congratulations to Stanton Road Primary School who have just renewed their Sun Safe Accreditation!

Skcin are pleased to announce that Stanton Road Primary School in Wirral 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 had a really good time learning all about sun safety, the children have throughly enjoyed it. They especially liked working on the activities.
We have appointed 2 UV monitors one for key stage one and one for key stage 2 they will display the number everyday from the print outs we have got from the resources section. The parents response has been great and a lot more children are coming into school with the appropriate sun safety items, many thanks stanton

Mickleover Primary completes Step 2 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation - Communication With Parents

Skcin are pleased to announce that Mickleover Primary in derby have completed Step 2 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation by sending home with each child: a copy of their Sun Safety Policy, a letter about the scheme and Sun Safety Information.
Parents have been really positive with the suncream and are really happy that school has been providing suncream for the past two years. We actively encourage parents and staff to model good behaviour by wearing sun cream and hats when we are outside.

Mosborough Primary School completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Communication With Parents

Skcin are pleased to announce that Mosborough Primary School in sheffield have completed Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by sending home with each child: a copy of their Sun Safety Policy, a letter about the scheme and Sun Safety Information.
Resources have been great. Assembly resources were fun and engaging and the children really responded well to them. The letter to parents was really clear. The policy supported a range of steps to take and developed my understanding of sun safety. The leaflets and teaching folders arrived within 3 days and the stickers were an unexpected bonus!!

Congratulations to Greystoke Primary School for completing their Sun Safe Accreditation!

Skcin are pleased to announce that Greystoke Primary School is now a Sun Safe School.
We have all enjoyed completing the sun safe schools work this year. The children were already quite knowledgeable, however this programme just made a link between parents and school and the importance of them providing their child with a hat, cream, water bottle and sunglasses from april-september. The children in school (all 28 of them) have enjoyed working collaboratively to produce some wonderful work for display showing their understanding of the topics covered.

Stanton Road Primary School completes Step 3 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation - Assembly Plan

Skcin are pleased to announce that Stanton Road Primary School in Wirral have completed Step 3 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation by conducting a whole school assembly to introduce the scheme and the importance of Sun Safety to the children.
We had a skin cancer survivor ( laura newland ) who came along to do our assembly she was very knowledgable about how children can be safe in the sun, and provided and really good fun assembly which the children enjoyed
we are holding a competition to design a sun safety poster with some prizes for the best ones, would it be possible if you could spare around 10 copies of the george book so we can include this in the prizes? (we are giving a prize to the best poster in each year group) we want to try and keep the prizes sun related thanks

Stanton Road Primary School completes Step 1 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that Stanton Road Primary School in Wirral have completed Step 1 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation by reviewing their Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.
We are looking into having a sun hat listed as part of the uniform, and also looking at the uv monitoring more so than last year and getting the children more involved in that
our school has a whole really took on board the policy and all worked together to help each other
we have used some of our funds from our pta to buy 2 new big gazebos for our school field

Congratulations to St. Joseph's RC Primary School for completing their Sun Safe Accreditation!

Skcin are pleased to announce that St. Joseph's RC Primary School is now a Sun Safe School.
Sun safe schools has been a great resource for our school to learn about sun safety. It answered lots of question both parents and children had and we had a great couple of weeks promoting it!

Littledown School completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Communication With Parents

Skcin are pleased to announce that Littledown School in Slough have completed Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by sending home with each child: a copy of their Sun Safety Policy, a letter about the scheme and Sun Safety Information.
Using the policy to help tailor make the letter was very helpful and helped to save a great deal of time that has been used to investigate ways to protect the children.

Congratulations to St Finbar's Catholic Primary School for completing their Sun Safe Accreditation!

Skcin are pleased to announce that St Finbar's Catholic Primary School is now a Sun Safe School.
A fantastic accreditation to be involved in with excellent resources to support learning.

St. Joseph's RC Primary School completes Step 4 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Lesson Plan

Skcin are pleased to announce that St. Joseph's RC Primary School in Cardiff have completed Step 4 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by reading the book 'George the sun safe superstar' to each class and completing the linked lesson plan and work / activity sheets provided.
We all loved reading the story and learning about sun safety! Children produced some excellent work including posters, power points, information leaflets and using the resources provided. The resources were very comprehensive and useful for our fun filled week!

Stanton Road Primary School completes Step 4 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation - Lesson Plan

Skcin are pleased to announce that Stanton Road Primary School in Wirral have completed Step 4 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation by reading the book 'George the sun safe superstar' to each class and completing the linked lesson plan and work / activity sheets provided.
We printed a selection of the worksheets off and gave them out to the relevant ages, the teachers have all said that the children have enjoyed completing the work sheets and interest was shown. The children most definatly understand what they need to do to stay safe in the sun, we are holding a sun safety poster competition which the children are excited about, and we have also printed off and laminated the uv posters and will be appointing monitors in both key stage 1 and 2 to display what the level is that day.

Congratulations to Greystoke Primary School for completing their Sun Safe Accreditation!

Skcin are pleased to announce that Greystoke Primary School is now a Sun Safe School.
We have all enjoyed completing the sun safe schools work this year. The children were already quite knowledgeable, however this programme just made a link between parents and school and the importance of them providing their child with a hat, cream, water bottle and sunglasses from april-september. The children in school (all 28 of them) have enjoyed working collaboratively to produce some wonderful work for display showing their understanding of the topics covered.

Ludham Primary School ad Nursery completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that Ludham Primary School ad Nursery in Gt Yarmouth have completed Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by creating a Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.
The resources you provided as well as the leaflets we have received through the post have been very useful, thank you. We are currently looking into appointing some uv monitors from our year 6 children. We are also interested in stocking some of the legionnaire hats for parents to buy.

Bel Royal Primary School completes Step 4 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation - Lesson Plan

Skcin are pleased to announce that Bel Royal Primary School in Jersey have completed Step 4 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation by reading the book 'George the sun safe superstar' to each class and completing the linked lesson plan and work / activity sheets provided.
Bel royal continues to be a very sun safe school. All children are constantly reminded by staff and their peers about the sun safe message. This years sun safe assembly was held on may 26th as a reinforcement of the sun safe message with all classes following this up with individualised class work. Feed back is that from the resources the assembly plan was used as a spine for our whole school assembly in which the song is a popular activity. All classes have used the illustrated storybook for discussion and different classes have used the fun learning activities and linked lesson plans to reinforce the message. Staff have found these extremely useful and informative.

St. Joseph's RC Primary School completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Communication With Parents

Skcin are pleased to announce that St. Joseph's RC Primary School in Cardiff have completed Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by sending home with each child: a copy of their Sun Safety Policy, a letter about the scheme and Sun Safety Information.
The resources were very useful, the parents found the information very positive and we had a lot of children come to school wearing hats and sun cream. We also had a very good response with the reply slip on the letters that showed parents were happy with everything.

Oakfield High School and College, completes Step 4 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation - Lesson Plan

Skcin are pleased to announce that Oakfield High School and College, in Lancs have completed Step 4 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation by reading the book 'George the sun safe superstar' to each class and completing the linked lesson plan and work / activity sheets provided.
Hi,
for the last 2 weeks our school has promoted through lessons and activities how to stay safe in the sun. We have had a competition in our form time every morning which was to design and create matching hats and sunglasses. We have purchased a sun safe trophy and individual badges that will be presented in our assembly after half term. This is when all our photographic evidence and resources will be collated and displayed on our anal sun safe board. Regards and thanks,
joanne taylor
sun safe school coordinator for oakfield high school and college

Seaham Trinity Primary School completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that Seaham Trinity Primary School in County Durham have completed Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by creating a Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.
Excellent resource, made it much easier to focus on sun safety. Highlighted areas i would not of thought abpout andthe format is very user frtiendly.

Congratulations to Albert Pritchard Infant and Wood Green Junior Federated Schools for completing their Sun Safe Accreditation!

Skcin are pleased to announce that Albert Pritchard Infant and Wood Green Junior Federated Schools is now a Sun Safe School.
Children and staff have enjoyed doing activities and learning about sun safety. Children have informed myself that they have told younger siblings and family members about the facts they have learnt from the resources supplied. Governors are pleased that the school decided to complete the status of sun safety school.

Congratulations to Heanor Langley Infant School who have just renewed their Sun Safe Accreditation!

Skcin are pleased to announce that Heanor Langley Infant School in Derbyshire 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.
Children have responded very well- they automatically get their hats and apply suncream before going outside. On our trip to the zoo yesterday all children brought a hat and had suncream applied before they left home and many brought it with them to apply again at lunch time with all others using school's cream. Not many parents have sent the form back as yet, but we have had more bucket and legionnaire hats this year (last year we had more baseball caps) so they have responded to this change in policy well. The school's uniform supplier has already started providing legionnaire hats with the school logo and parents are buying these. It has also raised awareness for staff to look after their own safety in the sun, especially dinner staff who are outdoors in the hottest part of the day- again we are seeing more staff in hats and cream.

Congratulations to Shelton Infant School who have just renewed their Sun Safe Accreditation!

Skcin are pleased to announce that Shelton Infant School in Derby 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.
Our families have responded well to the sun safe scheme. It is now firmly embedded into our curriculum and we hold a sun safe week in school each year. Most children now have a sun hat in school and the sun screen dispensers are used every day. We provide hats for the few children who do not have them. We have a new large canopy to provide shade on the infant playground and work is starting tomorrow to provide one for the nursery play area.

Netherseal St Peter's C E (C) Primary School completes Step 4 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation - Lesson Plan

Skcin are pleased to announce that Netherseal St Peter's C E (C) Primary School in Derbyshire have completed Step 4 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation by reading the book 'George the sun safe superstar' to each class and completing the linked lesson plan and work / activity sheets provided.
Children made posters about sun safety. They made sun safety cootie catches, completed word searches and crosswords. They made and carried out sun safety quizzes, found out about how animals keep themselves safe in the sun and researched different types of hats and how effective they are for

Bluebell Primary completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that Bluebell Primary in Norrwich have completed Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by creating a Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.
The resources have helped make being sun safe a fun activity which will engage the children to learn about the importance of being safe in the sun. A lot of the children will be learning with out even realising.

St Oswald's CofE Academy completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that St Oswald's CofE Academy in Finningley have completed Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by creating a Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.
The points on the policy creator where great food for thought. I will now use these points to plan staff training and will make the policy accessible to all once it has been converted to our own school format.

Congratulations to Heather Avenue Infant School for completing their Sun Safe Accreditation!

Skcin are pleased to announce that Heather Avenue Infant School is now a Sun Safe School.
The resources provided were all very useful, easy to get hold of and suitable for all the children in the school. This is my first accreditation i have been in charge of and i feel it has been a good one to start with. The steps have been very clear and easy to follow. All of the information has been useful and all of the teachers have used it with their classes.

Congratulations to Hemdean House School who have just renewed their Sun Safe Accreditation!

Skcin are pleased to announce that Hemdean House School in Reading 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.
It is notable that the children are remembering year on year why it is safe to be in the sun and what they need to do. Parents are supportive of the initiative ensuring children have hats and sun cream and the school is selling legionnaire hats. We are looking in to ways of enhancing our shaded areas with natural planting and the pta are supporting funding for this. We are also considering the option of putting pump sun cream dispensers up in school. During forest school the children have experimented with different types of dens noting the shade they provide (see pictures) and our sunflowers have been planted. The children really enjoy these outdoor activities.

St Finbar's Catholic Primary School completes Step 4 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Lesson Plan

Skcin are pleased to announce that St Finbar's Catholic Primary School in Liverpool have completed Step 4 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by reading the book 'George the sun safe superstar' to each class and completing the linked lesson plan and work / activity sheets provided.
The resources were excellent and made it easy for staff to plan their lessons. The children really enjoyed the activities and produced good quality work about sun safety. Their progress and knowledge about sun safety has been increased dramatically.

Walter Evans CE Primary and Nursery School completes Step 1 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that Walter Evans CE Primary and Nursery School in Derby have completed Step 1 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation by reviewing their Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.
We are looking into the viability of providing hats to purchase. We continue to provide sunscreen at school for children to apply, as well as recommending that every child brings a broad brimmed hat and named sunscreen. Children are very aware of the need to apply sunscreen and take opportunities to seek shade. The policy was well supported by parents and carers last year, thanks to reminders by text and newsletters.

Heanor Langley Infant School completes Step 1 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that Heanor Langley Infant School in Derbyshire have completed Step 1 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation by reviewing their Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.
School has purchased a chart to show uva levels and this is positioned by the door to the outdoor area so children/staff will see it on their way out. Suncream dispensers have been placed around school including by the uva chart for all children to use. The school has a supply of legionnaire style hats and is currently working with the uniform supplier to be able to sell these to parents. Staff have been proactive in supporting the policy since last year and no longer wear strappy tops etc when outdoors.

Congratulations to Morecambe Road School who have just renewed their Sun Safe Accreditation!

Skcin are pleased to announce that Morecambe Road School in Morecambe 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.
I have thoroughly enjoyed leading the sun safe message across school. It has allowed me get pupils from children's university involved by making uv bracelets for pupils in school which helps prevent burning in the sun. Pupils are much more aware of how to stay safe in the sun and after my assemblies you often hear them saying the 5s's. Staff are very supportive and help towards gaining this accreditation by using the resources provided. Parent response and support has been amazing and at least 90% of letters were returned which is a huge increase from last year. Thank you!

GARROWHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that GARROWHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL in GLASGOW have completed Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by creating a Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.
The resources provided for schools are helpful and clear. As a school, we are still looking at providing sun screen and hats for the children and will communicate this through our website, twitter feed and newsletters. The guide to creating a policy makes it easy to keep the school on track and provides a clear focus for our next steps.

Swallowfield Lower School completes Step 1 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that Swallowfield Lower School in Milton Keynes have completed Step 1 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation by reviewing their Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.
Staff are in agreement with the updated policy. As a school we ensure the children are aware of the importance of sun safety to ensure they are not at risk. We have reminded parents of suitable hats for their children as well as bringing sun screen into school ready for the warm weather.

Hemdean House School completes Step 1 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that Hemdean House School in Reading have completed Step 1 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation by reviewing their Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.
Staff are now modelling sun safe procedures and regularly reminding children. We have a regular session updating and reminding the children during their weekly outdoor learning/forest school sessions. Our largest tree providing shade had to be cut down we are therefore investigating new shaded areas including man made gazebo/sail shaded structures and natural willow domes and have planted further areas of trees which will take time to establish as shaded areas.

Hemdean House School completes Step 1 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that Hemdean House School in Reading have completed Step 1 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation by reviewing their Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.
Staff are now modelling sun safe procedures and regularly reminding children. We have a regular session updating and reminding the children during their weekly outdoor learning/forest school sessions. Our largest tree providing shade had to be cut down we are therefore investigating new shaded areas including man made gazebo/sail shaded structures and natural willow domes and have planted further areas of trees which will take time to establish as shaded areas.

Congratulations to Hallam Fields Junior School who have just renewed their Sun Safe Accreditation!

Skcin are pleased to announce that Hallam Fields Junior School in Derbyshire 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.
The scheme was very thoroughly established last year and so it has been very easy to get staff, children and parents on board again this year. The resources are always much appreciated to enable staff to do as much or as little as they have time to very easily. I feel as a school we have moved the scheme on a step further this year and our children are really benefiting. We have also put links to all information on our school website.

Swallowfield Lower School completes Step 4 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation - Lesson Plan

Skcin are pleased to announce that Swallowfield Lower School in Milton Keynes have completed Step 4 towards renewing their Sun Safe Accreditation by reading the book 'George the sun safe superstar' to each class and completing the linked lesson plan and work / activity sheets provided.
As done in previous years, the resources on the website were made available for all staff to download and make copies for their class. The children have enjoyed completing tasks and particularly enjoyed the story of george the sun safe superstar. There is a great range of activities to complete and the animation of the story was also ideal to share with the class as it really engaged the children. The range of resources available also means teachers can continue using them throughout the summer term to ensure the message of sun safety is reinforced to our pupils.

SUN SAFE SCHOOLS CELEBRATES LAUNCH OF NEW WEBSITE

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.

Health and Sun Safety - A school’s duty of care…

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.

Congratulations to Netherton Primary School for completing their Sun Safe Schools Accreditation.

Skcin are pleased to announce that Netherton Primary School in Lanarkshire have completed 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.

Congratulations to St John's Primary School for completing their Sun Safe Schools Accreditation.

Skcin are pleased to announce that St John's Primary School in London have completed 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.”

Congratulations to St Michaels RC VA Primary School for completing their Sun Safe Accreditation

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”.

Congratulations to Stonebroom Primary School for becoming a Sun Safe School

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.

Congratulations to Farndon St Peters C of E Primary School for completing their Sun Safe Accreditation!

“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.”

Congratulations to St Mary's RC Primary School, County Durham for completing their Sun Safe Schools Accreditation.

“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.”