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Sun Safe Schools

Our Work

Our Sun Safe Schools accreditation scheme - educating
our future generations on the importance of sun safety...

Skcin in partnership with Virgin Holidays to promote sun safety
to holiday makers and active tan seekers across the globe...

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Sun Safe Workplaces, our accreditation scheme - educating
outdoor workers and employers on sun safety in the workplace...

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Skcin in partnership with AXA PPP Healthcare
promoting the importance of sun safety to families...

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Sun Safe Nurseries, our national accreditation scheme is
for pre-school settings to introduce sun safety education...

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Skcin have delivered many national awareness campaigns
across at risk groups and have gained national awards...

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Skcin are lead member of political lobby group Skin Cancer UK
and proud to work with other groups to campaign for action...

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www.sunsafeschools.co.uk
Sun Safe Schools is the first and only accreditation scheme of its kind to launch in the UK with the key objective to prevent skin cancer through education. Sun Safe Schools is a national, annual accreditation scheme developed by Skcin to educate children on the importance of sun safety. The scheme also assists primary schools in implementing a suitable sun safe policy and promoting the reinforcement of sun safety at home. Sun Safe Schools is a FREE on-line tool available to all primary schools, giving them access to a comprehensive range of fun and engaging, curriculum linked teaching resources for both key stage 1 and key stage 2 pupils.

Children spend almost half their childhood at school, with approximately 8 hours per week spent outdoors. During the hotter months of the year children are exposed to UV radiation from the sun, the majority of which is when UV penetration is at its strongest. Without adequate protection, a child's delicate skin can burn within minutes, causing irreparable damage. This can significantly
increase their risk of developing skin cancer in later life.

Implementing a Sun Safe policy will ensure that schools are adequately equipped to protect the children in their care from over-exposure to UV during schools hours and through education can
help evoke a culture change and shift in attitude towards sun safety that will help reverse the soaring rates of skin cancer for our future generations and those to come.

3287

Primary schools and pre-school settings
have signed up to the Sun Safe Schools
accreditation scheme

VIEW OUR TESTIMONIAL VIDEO

Testimonial video from Mr. Leigh, Head Teacher at Shelton Primary School in Derbyshire following the implementation of the Sun Safe Schools National Accreditation scheme. Shelton Primary School are one of 200 primary schools across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire who signed up to the scheme under the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal in 2015. The appeal which was facilitated by Skcin on behalf of BBC Radio Derby was a huge success raising funds for additional bespoke resources such as sunscreen and dispensers for every class.

IS YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL
SUN SAFE?

Parents can help get their primary
school on board by informing their
child's school of the scheme.
Simply download the information
below and hand it in to your school.

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Sun Safe Schools

How does the scheme work
and what is involved?

The accreditation scheme requires schools to undertake an interactive 4-step process, providing feedback / evidence, via their login that each step has been completed prior to certification. Upon registration each school is sent a FREE package from the charity containing a comprehensive welcome pack, educational resources, a ‘George the Sun Safe Superstar’ book and ‘Sun Safe Superstar’ stickers for all children. Each school also receives the required number of Sun Safety and Skin Cancer information booklets that are sent home with a letter from the school as part of the accreditation process, to help gain parental support and raise awareness of prevention and early detection within the wider school community.

STEP 1: CREATE YOUR SUN SAFETY POLICY
Our online policy maker makes it easy for schools to tailor and download their own Sun Safety policy. This process ensures schools have considered and covered all essential guidelines and recommendations and can be confident that they are implementing a suitable policy to protect their pupils and present to parents.

STEP 2: COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS
In accordance with a school’s tailored policy, a personalised letter is automatically generated to download and send home to parents along with their policy and Sun Safety information booklets provided free upon registration. This ensures schools are requesting the required level of support from parents, advising them correctly about Sun Safety and doing great work to increase vital knowledge about prevention and early detection within the wider school community.

STEP 3: CONDUCT A WHOLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
A range of resources including assembly plan, presentation slides, music and song are all available to download, helping schools to plan their assembly, engage children and reinforce the importance of Sun Safety.

STEP 4: CONDUCT INDIVIDUAL CLASS LESSONS
Extensive curriculum linked educational resources for key stage one and two pupils can be downloaded including; ‘George the Sun Safe Superstar’ book, worksheets, fun activities, games and lesson plans - all developed to help schools engage children, increase knowledge and influence behaviour for a positive sun safe future.

Upon completion, schools are awarded their Sun Safe accreditation certificate
The accreditation is valid for one year, with a renewal process in place to review their policy, reinforce support with the existing school community, advise newcomers and increase knowledge of sun safety through education.

How does the scheme ensure longevity?
The Sun Safe Schools scheme is an annual accreditation - each school is sent reminders 1 month prior to their renewal date and then guided through the simple steps required to renew their accreditation. This ensures that schools are committed to implementing sun safety each year, that all messaging is continually reinforced to children at the school and that the scheme and teaching are introduced to newcomers.

For further information about the Sun Safe Schools scheme or for school's to register, please visit the website at www.sunsafeschools.co.uk

To find out more about our sister scheme - Sun Safe Nurseries for pre-school settings please click here, or visit the website at: www.sunsafenurseries.co.uk


To find out more about our other activities please choose from the following:
> Sun Safe Nurseries
> Sun Safe Workplaces
> Skcin and Virgin Holidays
> Skcin and AXA PPP Healthcare
> Other / previous campaigns
> Skin Cancer UK
> APPGS - All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin
> Melanoma Taskforce

Curtain call for George the
Sun Safe Superstar!

George the Sun Safe Superstar is bought to life in this wonderful animated version of the book, voiced by celebrity Jenny Frost in association with AXA PPP Healthcare.

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Celebrity Doctor Chris Steele,
Patron of charity 'Skcin'
endorses the Sun Safe Schools
Accreditation Scheme.

“Sun Safe Schools is a totally unique sun awareness scheme that's dedicated to preventing skin cancer through
education. It is the UK's first and only initiative of it's kind that offers primary schools the most comprehensive range of free resources and guidance in achieving a physical and tangible status that they can be proud of.”

DR. CHRIS STEELE MBE

•GP and Resident doctor, ITV's This Morning (24 yrs)
•Health Journalist of the Year - 2007
•Lifetime Achievement Award, Guild of Health Writers - 2010
•National Television Awards Winner, This Morning (Daytime) - 2011 & 2013
•National Television Awards Winner, This Morning (Factual) - 2012

FREE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Do you want to teach your children
about the importance of Sun Safety?
Download our Sun Safe Summer
Activity Pack containing 10 fun and
educational activities for children
aged 5-11 years here.

Download the sun safe summer activity pack