Why can't I give blood?

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Students will gain an understanding of the range of sexual attitudes, relationships and behaviours in society and develop a responsible attitude towards personal relationships.

Students will learn to research the criteria used in selecting blood donors and discuss the conflict in not allowing homosexual men to become blood donors.

Lesson objectives

By the end of the lesson, ALL students will learn: That there are criteria related to donating blood which can be affected by a person's sexuality.

By the end of the lesson, MOST students should learn: That donating blood is a valuable activity but there are certain criteria related to donating blood which can be affected by a person's sexuality and sexual behaviour.

By the end of the lesson, SOME students could learn: To critically analyse the criteria associated with blood donation and evaluate whether this is justified discrimination against male homosexuals.

Activities for the lesson

Equipment required: ICT Internet / projector, Whiteboard, Printed handouts

Lesson starter : Odd one out


Teacher to write the following words on the board and ask students to identify the odd one out, allowing two minutes thinking time. There is no correct answer but the reasons are valid in thinking skills.





Whole class

Teacher to receive feedback from class.

Teacher Input

Whole class

Teacher to introduce lesson objective - to look at the consequences of making decisions regarding sexuality and the impact this may have on other areas of life in society. To discuss the 'fairness' of rules and regulations.



Teacher to ask students to work in groups of 4/5 students and to research blood donation using:


Whole class

Teacher to receive feedback from groups on the outcome of their research. Teacher to lead the discussion on the importance of donating blood and whether members of the class would be willing to give blood when they are old enough.

Video clip

Whole class

Students to watch the video.

Group discussions


Still working in their groups, students to discuss arguments for and against young gay mean being able to donate blood on:


Whole class

Teacher to facilitate feedback on the arguments presented in each group discussion. Following the discussion, teacher to carry out a vote on whether this is discrimination against homosexual men.

Discussion question

Whole class

Teacher to pose a discussion question as to whether this would form an important factor in deciding an individual's sexuality and sexual behaviour?

Written comments

Teachers can use Handout 4 - Comment sheet to collect written comments from the students.

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Key skills and learning skills

  • Communication
  • Application of number
  • ICT
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others
  • Improving own performance
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Exploring meaning
  • Reflection
  • Research skills
  • Presentation skills

AFL strategies

  • Sharing learning objectives
  • Use of questioning
  • Effective feedback
  • Modelling
  • Pupil self assessment
  • Peer assessment
  • Ongoing assessment
  • Adjusting teaching/reviewing
  • Plenary

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