Support and follow up material
It is important for pupils to have a context for the play, background information, and curriculum time to consider and discuss the issues and questions raised by the play.
Specially written pre and post performance lesson plans and activities support the play:
Pre:Background notes are provided on a range of circumstances in which violent extremism has been used in order to influence change, and young people are encouraged to discuss these prior to seeing the play.
The pre performance session therefore concentrate on;
A range of materials and options are provided to enable teachers and other professionals to follow-up many issues raised by the play.
Bury MBC in Greater Manchester used the play across 2008/09 and developed some new and key resources which we are now using to support performances throughout the UK. They have kindly given us permission to reproduce some of the key findings from their own evaluation of the work.
14 performances took place in 10 high schools to a total of 1850 Year 10 pupils. 65% of these completed a pre and post performance survey.
The play and supporting materials enabled teachers to talk about controversial and sometimes very sensitive issues with young people. These issues included identity, class, racism, religion, loyalty and mistrust. Many responses from teachers and young people indicated a wish for work around these issues to continue. It is hoped that this initial work in Bury has given teachers the courage and skills to embed this work in the curriculum. Many of the resources can be used without the play thus enabling teachers to revisit the sessions in the future.