Young and homeless

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An interactive and creative lesson that looks at the reasons why young people find themselves homeless and the stereotypical images of the young homeless.

Students create a leaflet to offer support to young people in danger of becoming homeless.

Lesson objectives

By the end of the lesson, ALL students will learn: The reasons why young people find themselves homeless and to know where to access advice and support.

By the end of the lesson, MOST students should learn: That there are a range of reasons why young people find themselves homeless, the stereotypical images of the homeless and know where to access advice and support with confidence.

By the end of the lesson, SOME students could learn: To critically analyse the advice and support available to young homeless people and challenge the stereotypical images of the young homeless.

Activities for the lesson

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

Lesson starter: Spotlight activity

Whole class

Teacher to select one pupil to be in the spotlight for a role playing exercise. Selected student to read the background for this role on Handout 1 - Spotlight activity.

The rest of the class have to ask questions to find out about the individual's circumstances. The spotlight student can only answer yes / no / don't know to the questions until the class ascertains that they have run away from home and are homeless.

Teacher Input

Whole class

Teacher to outline the lesson objective; to investigate homelessness, the reasons why young people find themselves in such situations and the support available for young homeless people.

Reasons for homelessness


In pairs, students to list reasons why a young person would decide to leave home and become homeless.


Whole class

Pairs to feedback to the class. Teacher to record selected reasons on whiteboard.

Video clip

Whole class

Students to watch the video at the top of this page.

Video sheet


Having watched the video, students to complete the video sheet on:

Class discussion

Whole class

Teacher to facilitate a class discussion on the answers students have given to the questions on the video sheet.

Agree/disagree continuum statements


Working in pairs, students to agree or disagree with the statements on Handout 3.

This could also be undertaken as a whole class activity with an imaginary agree/disagree continuum on the classroom floor and ask pupils to stand along the line as the teacher reads out the statements.

Teacher to question pupils on the reasons why they placed the statements where they have on the continuum.

Producing a leaflet


Students to use Handout 4 - Factsheet to produce a leaflet to help young people who find themselves homeless and on the streets. Pupils to select relevant information from the factsheet.

The leaflet should include details of;

  • How to access help and support - contact details.
  • How to avoid becoming homeless.
  • How to seek help to resolve issues at home.

Written comments


Teachers can use Handout 5 - 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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