“Nell’s Story” is a RSHE resource exploring sexual exploitation to be used within a spiral curriculum. The use of WW2 diaries written by a teenage girl and the letters written to her by a sailor in the Royal Navy gives the students the safety through distancing and perspective.
“Even in World War 2 things like this happened.”
Year 9 Girl, Swanwick Hall School
Students enjoy the fact that the story is true.
“I did enjoy looking at a true story as it makes it much more exciting and interesting knowing that everything we’re reading happened at some point.”
Year 9 Boy, Highfield School
There are different forms of child sexual exploitation and sexual exploitation. Nell is not a typical victim, which makes her story an even more important one to share. In particular, “Nell’s Story” allows us to reflect on the aspects of her life that built her resilience as well as those factors that made her vulnerable.
The Scheme of Work supports the English curriculum and complements the KS3 History curriculum.
“The story is engaging and intriguing. It has overlaps with other school subjects. It is a primary source which provides a literacy-based resource.”
Claire Nulty, PSHE Leader Swanwick Hall School
This cross-curricular approach to teaching is supported by the new statutory guidance for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education, as stated in paragraph 104: ‘Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education complements several national curriculum subjects. Where schools are teaching the national curriculum, they should look for opportunities to draw links between the subjects and integrate teaching where appropriate.’ (2019)
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