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CLIP 13418

True Stories - Thomas Barnardo

True Stories - Thomas Barnardo

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Key Info
  • True Stories - Thomas Barnardo
  • Duration: 10:22
  • Thomas Barnardo tells the story of his life. He describes the events that led to him setting up The Ragged School and homes for London’s street children. The story is told in the first person, and brought to life with a mix of drama, movement, music and animation. We see Barnardo as a boy, and see how he changes when he grows up. When he discovers the reality of life in London’s slums, he sets up a free school for children - The Ragged School - but when he learns that many of the children he teaches there have no home at all, he creates the first of many homes for homeless boys.One night, with all the beds filled, he turns a child away. The next day he sees the very same boy frozen to death. He makes a vow to never again turn a homeless child away, and spends the rest of his life dedicated to doing all he can for London’s poor. First broadcast on the BBC Learning Zone in March 2012 as part of the series True Stories.
  • Subject:



    Famous People

  • Keywords: Thomas Barnardo, slums, homeless, Ragged School, street children, London, poor, Victorian, Lord Shaftesbury, children, help, destitute, 19th century, truestories
Ideas for use in class
  • Literacy - drama and role play to re-tell story, explore write about feelings. Geography – map of London and where he worked. PHSE – helping others, charities, fairness, human rights
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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