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KS3 Ethical Fashion

Citizenship - The Cost of Cheap Fashion

Introduction to Local & citizenship Unit

This unit looks at the working conditions of the people who make the clothes that we buy on the high street.  It investigates what constitutes ‘ethical’ fashion and our responsibilities as consumers. It encourages pupils to think about how they can influence the fashion industry to adopt more ethical practices.  The unit culminates in the production of a film, leaflet or presentation that can be shown at the whole-school ethical fashion event. They can also organise a clothes-swapping event, to encourage their peers to recycle and reuse clothes rather than just throwing away old clothes.

Learning Outcomes

Developing Pupils’ Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities:

  • make predictions, examine evidence, and distinguish fact from opinion;
  • make links between cause and effect;
  • justify methods, opinions and conclusions;
  • generate possible solutions, try out alternative approaches, and evaluate outcomes (Thinking, Problem-Solving, Decision Making);
  • learn from and value other people’s ideas;
  • make ideas real by experimenting with different designs, actions, and outcomes;
  • challenge the routine method (Being Creative).

Developing the Key Concept of Democracy and Active Participation:

  • Investigate an issue from a range of viewpoints and suggest actions that might be taken to improve or resolve the situation.

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