Talking about cancer toolkit

Help your students understand more about cancer, encourage them to make healthy choices for their future, and inspire them to fundraise to help others.

Making a big subject easier to talk about

We are all affected by cancer. We’re here to help you give young people the information they need to understand it and the opportunity to discuss it.

At Macmillan we don’t want cancer to be the elephant in the (class)room. Yes, it’s a big subject, but we think it should be an easy and natural one to talk about. That’s why we’ve produced our Talking about cancer toolkit. It will help you discuss cancer openly and honestly with your pupils. It’s aimed at children aged 9–16 years old as part of their lessons in:

  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE)
  • Personal and Social Education (PSE)
  • Personal Social Development (PSD)
  • Citizenship
  • Science.

What's inside?

The pack contains everything you need to give young people the facts they need about cancer. We want to help them to make informed lifestyle choices and create a more sensitive and cancer-aware society.

In the pack you’ll find:

  • curriculum-linked lesson plans for Key Stage 2–4/P3–S4 (download a sample lesson plan and a sample pupil activity sheet to see more) 
  • activity sheets for pupils
  • supporting DVD clips
  • advice and guidance on teaching young people about cancer
  • useful contacts and publications
  • an introduction to Macmillan
  • information and ideas on fundraising for Macmillan

To ask about the availability of these materials in Welsh, please contact

Cancer Talk Week

During Cancer Talk Week, schools across the UK will be getting the conversation started and becoming part of Macmillan’s annual awareness-raising week. Why not use your teaching pack to get your school or class involved? Find out more.

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