Hi there, we see you're using OS, why not try our app?
Skip to main content

Organ donation teaching resources

Use our free teaching resources to educate and engage your students about organ and tissue donation.

Below you will find a range of teaching resources, including a condensed summary lesson plan and three individual lesson plans each linking to the PSHE and Science elements of the National Curriculum.

Co-created with teachers, educators and clinicians each lesson plan includes PowerPoint slides, activity sheets and real-life stories aimed at students aged between 11 and 16 (Key Stage 3 and 4).

We hope that these lessons will not only educate and prompt debate amongst students themselves, but also encourage students to go home and discuss this important subject with their families.

Condensed summary lesson plan: Organ and tissue donation stories

Condensed summary lesson materials

Designed as a one-hour stand-alone lesson, this condensed summary lesson explores the main themes of organ and tissue donation focusing on real life experiences of organ and tissue donation from four different perspectives. 

Lesson plan 1: An introduction to organ and tissue donation

The first in a sequence of three lessons to raise students’ awareness of organ and tissue donation, encouraging them to reflect on their personal attitudes and feelings.

Lesson plan 2: The life stories behind organ and tissue donation

Lesson 2 materials

This lesson aims to encourage students to consider organ and tissue donation focusing on real life experiences from three different perspectives.

Lesson plan 3: The gift of life - organ and tissue donation

This lesson aims to encourage students to empathise with real people who have been affected by organ and tissue donation.

Real-life stories on organ and tissue donation

Guidance for teachers

We have produced teacher guidance documents including answers to FAQs and in-depth information to give you the necessary knowledge and skills, so that you can confidently and successfully deliver these lessons.

Wales and Scotland

For schools in Wales

  • There are specific resources to reflect the soft-opt out/deemed consent organ and tissue donation system in Wales. These are available in both English and Welsh


For schools in Scotland

  • A separate eBook resource is available here for schools in Scotland in line with Curriculum for Excellence