The Brain Tumour Charity has launched an online educational resource for parents and teachers to help them manage and care for children returning to school who have been diagnosed with a tumour of the brain or central nervous system.
The downloadable documents are intended to provide parents with information that helps them them to work with schools to ensure their children have the appropriate support. Designed with the help of parents and teachers, the resources cover three areas: symptoms and behaviour to look out for; how to plan effective support; and rights and responsibilities. They have also been developed so they can be personalised for a specific child or young person.
Earlier this year, the charity produced a report, Losing My Place: The Reality of Childhood With A Brain Tumour, in which it revealed that 95 per cent of young people said their education had been adversely affected by taking time off to deal with the effects of the tumour and its treatment. Teachers have told the charity of the difficulties in knowing what to do and how to support children in such circumstances.
Emma Percy, children and families worker at the Brain Tumour Charity, said the resources were aimed at reducing the many negative effects of a tumour diagnosis.
"Returning to school after a brain tumour diagnosis can be an anxious time," she said. "We developed the education resources to support families and educational professionals during this process and provide them with information, practical strategies and ideas for tailored support plans to help minimise the impact that having a brain tumour can have on education."