A guide for schools and teachers

A Guide for Schools, Teachers and Sports Clubs

About the Toolkit

Here at Heart Research UK, we have been working with teams of medical professionals, academics and patient groups over the past few years to create our 'Physical Activity Toolkit'. This Toolkit contains information on why being active is especially important for people with a heart condition, signs and symptoms to look out for, activities to avoid and much more.

We've split the Toolkit into sections to make it as specific to you as possible. Here, you can access our resources specifically created for teachers. Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a common birth defect, affecting roughly 1 in 120 live births. It is therefore very likely that you will teach or know of a pupil with CHD in your school. Our resources will give you information about CHD, symptoms to look out for and ideas for keeping the individual with CHD as engaged and involved in school activities as possible. We also set out what is expected of the school, in terms of a Health Care Plan. 

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This physical activity toolkit has been written by Lucy Gowing BSc MSc and Richard Horn BSc MSc, HRUK Associate Research Fellows at the Children's Health & Exercise Research Centre, University of Exeter, with a grant from Heart Research UK.

The scientific information was validated by Dr Graham Stuart MBChB, MSc, FRCP FRCPCH, Consultant Cardiologist Bristol Congenital Heart Unit and Professor Craig Williams BEd(Hons) MSc PhD, Director of the Children's Health & Exercise Research Centre, University of Exeter.

Last Updated: September 7, 2016