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CF for teachers

Need help supporting a student with CF in your class? Creating a lesson plan on CF and want to find out more about the condition? You've come to the right place!

Supporting students with CF

We have created some brand new resources to help you find out more about what CF means for young people at secondary school. Take a look at our 'Me and CF factsheet' to find out what it can be like to be a young person with CF in school.

Me and CF factsheet

Our starting pre-school and primary school resources include a template individual healthcare plan for young children that could also be useful for secondary school-aged children.

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is a member of the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance, a group of charities campaigning for the right of children with medical conditions at school. The Alliance's website includes detailed information on policies and their campaign work.

For further information or support, please call our helpline on 0300 373 1000 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or helpline@cysticfibrosis.org.uk.

Teaching about CF

We know that CF is often discussed in schools when teaching about genetics and genetic conditions, and if you have a young person with CF in your class this lesson could be difficult for them. We've created a factsheet for teachers full of important information that can help you with teaching a lesson on CF.

Factsheet for teachers

Resources

Throughout our website, we have information on genetics, diagnosis and a huge number of other topics.

Interactive body

People with CF often look healthy, but it’s a life-limiting condition that affects those living with it in a number of ways. We’ve created an interactive body where you can find out all about the different ways that CF affects men and women. With sections on the lungs, digestive system, bones and reproductive system, this fantastic resource can be a great way for your students to get to grips with all the different ways CF affects the body.

Videos

For younger children

Getting Nosey about CF with Oli and Nush

This great video can help younger children learn all about the condition and what it’s like for people their age living with it day-to-day.

The IVs and the Pseudomonas

Working with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, 11-year-old Pippa Miles used her love of sci-fi to write a story to help overcome her fear of needles. The IVs and the Pseudomonas is a great resource for young children with cystic fibrosis.

I Can’t Go To School Today: Jasper’s story

This video tells the story of a young boy living with CF, the daily effect it has on his life and what it’s like juggling school and the complications of his condition. The video was produced by Mosaic Films for BBC Learning and won a Children’s BAFTA. Find out more about Jasper’s video and hear from Jasper himself about what it was like working on the project.

The A-Z of cystic fibrosis 

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust teamed up with Simplyhealth and Starstruck Films to create this video. Find out from primary school children what their A-Z of CF is!

For older children

The rest is up to me

This video, produced by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, features young people talking about what CF is like for them.

For more useful videos, head over to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust YouTube channel.


Factsheet for teachers

We've put together important information about CF that can help you to teach about the condition accurately and sensitively if you have a child with CF in your class.

Download our factsheet

Me and CF factsheet

If you have a student with CF in your class you may want to download our 'me and CF factsheet' which has useful information on what it's like to be a young person with CF in school.

Download our factsheet

My friend has CF

Check out our 'My friend has CF' page, where young people can find out more about the condition and how they can support their friends or people in their class who might have it.

Tell me more