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Going into schools to educate schoolchildren may be a small step in changing their habits and attitudes towards health. Asela Dharmadasa and Laura Wilkins explain what you can do
From sex education to basic life support, medical students are becoming increasingly involved in educating schoolchildren about health. These are two of the more well established initiatives around the country, but as medical schools expand, there may be scope for other student led initiatives, perhaps relating to drugs and alcohol, bullying, and nutrition. We explore the steps required to convert a good idea into a viable project and look at different approaches to teaching children of all ages.
Although in recent years the national curriculum has been honed down, to relieve some of the pressure on teachers, health education still forms a compulsory part; most is taught within dedicated personal, social, and health education sessions and the rest within the remit of other subject areas. A well thought out project, with a realistic view of the needs of a school, has the potential to benefit everyone involved, including the pupils,