Returning to school: A teacher’s guide for pupils with brain tumours, during and after treatment

This publication aims to guide teachers and schools faced with the task of supporting a pupil with a brain or spinal tumour who may be absent for some time, or who may have sporadic attendance with a very serious illness and potentially devastating long term effects.

It explains what the pupil may be going through both medically and psychologically. It offers practical strategies for ensuring supportive re-integration back to school. Suggestions are given for how teachers, assistants and SENCOs can provide sustained and targeted support for pupils who face extended treatments, devastating long term side effects or an uncertain future.

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Highly Commended in  Special Award-NHS Trusts in the BMA Patient Information Awards 2016.

Factsheet: Recommended teaching strategies for pupils with a brain tumour

This factsheet gives information on how a school can assist a pupil with a brain tumour. In particular it pinpoints a number of different strategies to use as memory and cognition in some, but not all, pupils with a brain tumour can be seriously affected by their treatment.

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Infographic: What to do when a child is diagnosed with a brain tumour

Marsden diagnosis infographicA child with a brain tumour will be encouraged to return to school as soon as possible after initial diagnosis and treatment, even if only for a few hours or half days per week. Here are some tips for the time when the pupil is away from school having treatment and following their return to school.

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Infographic: What to do if a pupil with a brain tumour become palliative and may die

Marsden palliative infographicThis infographic provides information on how the school community can create a climate where the pupil’s independence, hope and dignity are respected, and consideration given to how siblings, other pupils and members of staff may also be feeling.

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All information on this page first published 2015. This edition 2019. Review date 2022.

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