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Cancer Research UK's lesson plans were developed with teachers and are curriculum linked, interactive and free to download.

What is cancer? shows GCSE science students how cancer develops (with the help of the animation below) and explores how living a healthy life can cut the risk of developing the disease. This lesson can be easily adapted to a PSHE session on health and lifestyle.

Teachers say:

The lesson plan is so easy to follow – the animation, graphs and other resources are all engaging so you know exactly how to approach it.

Making your mind up - HPV vaccination is a PSHE lesson for 12-13 year olds and can be delivered to either a single-sex group of girls or a mixed-gender group. This discussion-based session gets your students thinking about how they can make decisions about their own healthcare, using the HPV vaccination as an example.

Teachers say:

I like the way this explains about the vaccine and gives pupils the choice; it is about being responsible adults and making important choices.

As a non-science teacher I would feel completely confident to deliver the lesson as the activites, tone, and level of info are so user friendly and flexible.

If you or your students are affected by cancer and want to talk in confidence, call CRUK's information nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040.

What is cancer?

Subject              Science, with links to PSHE

Age                    Key stage 4

Time required    1 lesson (approx 35 mins)

Resources (click to download)

Teacher notes (including background information)

How cancer develops - animation

PowerPoint presentation (including Control vs Cases slide)

Cause Cards - you need to print one set between four students


Making your mind up - HPV vaccination

Subject                  PSHE/Citizenship

Age                        12-13 year olds (girls only or mixed-gender)

Time required        1 lesson (approx 35 mins)

Resources (click to download)

Teacher notes (including background information)

PowerPoint presentation (including Decision Tool slide) - you'll need to print off a Decision Tool slide for each student

Question cards - you only need to print one set per class

You will also need the government information about HPV vaccination for your nation. If your school hasn't received this, you can download it from the following links:




Northern Ireland


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Updated: 2 July 2013