Advice for school authorities in relation to concussion related injuries sustained by a child.

Concussion lesson plans

Resources were launched on 30 September 2015 to assist in raising the awareness of concussion and how pupils should respond to protect their own and others’ health.

The web-based lesson plans provide information for teachers and pupils from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4 to help equip them with the knowledge they need to recognise the signs and potential dangers of concussion.

The lesson plans have been produced by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) and are available on the CCEA website

Concussion guidance for schools

Circular 2015/07 - Concussion - Informing the school - Advice for parents, provides advice for school authorities to issue to parents about the importance of informing schools and other organisations about any concussion related injury sustained by a child.

The purpose of the letter below is to remind schools of the importance of ensuring that messages about the dangers of concussion are being relayed to pupils, parents and school staff.

Circular 2014/12 - Concussion, provides advice and guidance on dealing with cases of suspected concussion.

Ministerial launch of concussion leaflet – ‘Recognise and Remove’

0n 30 April 2014, Education Minister John O’Dowd and Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín launched the ‘Recognise and Remove’ advice leaflet to provide useful guidance for both young people and adults on how to recognise the signs of concussion and what action to take.

The advice leaflet follows the Education Minister’s letter of 12 November 2013 which raised awareness about the dangers of concussion and highlighted the useful guidance available in the pocket Concussion Recognition Tool™, an aid which was developed to help identify concussion in children, youths and adults.

A copy of the leaflet was distributed to every pupil and their parents from P6 onwards by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). Schools have also been provided with posters to highlight the dangers associated with concussion. In addition, all teachers received a laminated copy of the pocket Concussion Recognition Tool™ to help them spot the signs of the injury.

The leaflets are available in English and Irish, and were developed by the Department of Education and the former Department of Culture Arts and Leisure, with input from the Chief Medical Officer and the Health and Safety Executive NI.

The key message from the 'Recognise and Remove’ campaign is that recognising the signs of concussion and removing young people from whatever activity they are involved in, can save lives.

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