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As part of the project, some of the Elders’ interviews were turned into scripted performances, and young actors were filmed telling the stories. These films are available here.

Putting the Elders’ words in the mouths of young people emphasises the universal nature of migration experiences. The monologues offer an insight into the lives people leave behind, what it is like to arrive in a new country as a child, how hard work builds success, and the importance of retaining your identity. We hope they will inspire young people to explore their own stories, and other communities in their local area.

The help schools use the films with their pupils, background resources and a PowerPoint toolkit can be downloaded, to support curriculum learning.

Under the 2014 National Curriculum framework, the resources can:

  • support general curriculum aims to promote inclusion through respect of diverse experiences
  • prepare pupils for life in a multicultural UK by stimulating discussion on equalities and race legislation
  • support Citizenship through exploring political and social issues, offering opportunities to debate and present reasoned arguments for migration

In the Human Geography subject area, the resources can:

  • support a broad understanding of British chronology and the story of Britain as a focus of migration going back thousands of years
  • promote an understand of the historic origins of diversity in the UK and of the contributions made by different groups
  • develop understanding about the diversity of their locality, & differences between village, city, suburb (KS1)
  • develop pupils’ understanding about the reasons for movement from villages to cities (KS2)
  • support investigation into population and urbanisation (KS3)

In the History subject area, the resources can:

  • support exploration of local change in living memory (KS1)
  • provide evidence for how aspects of national history are reflected in the locality (KS2)
  • be used in investigations into the impact of migration in the 20th century (KS3)

If you are interested in learning more about the project, or discussing a visit by the project to your school, please contact Renee Gallagher on .We would also be happy to have any feedback on using the resources with your pupils.