Episode 8

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Episode 8

  • The trio are forced to clean up the Queen Vic under the watchful eyes of Phil Mitchell.

  • Watch video content produced by young people about issues that have affected them. These stories are relevant to the third series of EastEnders E20:
  • Bullying
  • Bullying me made me better
  • Fitting in
  • Landlord problems
  • Negative labels
  • Young and homeless
  • Young carer

  • Watch this episode and use the teaching ideas and key questions below to deliver PSHE lessons for students from 14 years old upwards. Curricular links for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales can also be found.

Key Questions

  • - How does each of the characters react to Phil, Zainab etc?
  • - How does Richard behave and why?
  • - What is Ava's reaction to this?
  • - What should Riley do about her situation?
  • - How are Donnie and Riley feeling about each other? Why?
  • - Why is it wrong to use terms such as 'gay' and 'lesbian' as an insult?

Teaching Ideas

  • Before viewing:
  • Use the first 5 key questions to encourage active viewing of the programme in preparation for discussion afterwards.

  • After viewing:
  • Allow time for group discussion about students' responses to the key questions. Next focus on one or more of the following (according to time and the priorities of your PSHE programme):
  • - Feelings and emotions in relationships - continue explorations about the relationship threads e.g. Donnie and Ava, Ava and Richard. How are they feeling and behaving? Ask students to follow these relationships through the next episodes.
  • - Bullying - build on discussions after Episode 6 to explore in more depth Riley's experience of bullying including the use of homophobic insults. Reflect on the last key question and consider how students could react to situations such as this in the school or community. They could review the school's policy on challenging homophobic language and dealing with homophobic bullying and publicise it as part of a campaign to end such behaviour.

  • Useful guidance, case studies, lesson ideas, information about support organisations and other materials can be downloaded from the Anti-Bullying Alliance

  • Make available the numbers of helplines such as:
  • - Educational Action Challenging Homophobia 0808 1000 143
  • and
  • - Childline 0800 111.

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