This site delivers material for Higher Still Intermediate 1 and 2 Modern
Studies students. Please note that the statistics chosen in this site
may be out of date when the student comes to use them. However, there
are suggested websites, where the student can get updated statistics.
Students should be able to do the following, if they work their way through
all sections of the site:
1) understand the
main issues concerning poverty and health in Scottish and UK society
2) interpret and
explain information from graphs and charts.
3) use evidence
to express a reasoned point of view.
This website covers Study Theme 4 of Modern Studies Higher Intermediate
1 and 2 - Equality in Society: Health and Wealth. As well as looking at
Poverty and Health needs in the UK today, the site articulates with Higher
level themes 5 and 6 (Income and Wealth in the UK and Health Care I the
UK). Teachers may wish to use the website as induction or introductory
background for students who may be attempting Higher.
1) Choose one problem from those identified in the timeline and
explain its effect on the NHS.
2) Write a brief paragraph describing the successes of the NHS since
its beginning in 1948.
3) Choose one opinion from the timeline which interests you.
What do you think? Write a brief summary of your point of view on your
Health: What conclusions can you make from the trend in the numbers
of old people in long stay hospitals?
Health: Describe the problems which may be experienced by someone
on an NHS waiting list.
Wealth: Write a brief paragraph describing the main priorities
in a typical family's spending.
Wealth: Summarise the trend in unemployment in Scotland since
Points of View:
Students can print off their own arguments and discuss them or give
to the teacher for marking.
What is Poverty?:
Complete the sentence below to give your own personal definition of
poverty:- "Poverty, for me, would mean…………………"
Study the possible solutions for Andy.
1) How realistic are these solutions?
2) Do you think Andy can get himself out of this scenario?
Navigation and structure of the site
The site is divided into two main sections - Health and Wealth. Students
can work their way through each section individually in the suggested
order, or in the order they choose themselves. The case study covers both
Health and Wealth.
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- John McTaggart,
Principal Teacher of Modern Studies, Boroughmuir High School, Edinburgh
- Dougie McKenzie,
Modern Studies Teacher, Boroughmuir High School, Edinburgh
- Dr Richard Mitchell,
University of Edinburgh Medical School
James Weir for playing
the part of "Andy"
Statistics reproduced by kind permission of:
- Office of National
- Scottish Executive
- Information Statistics
Division of Scottish Health on the web.
by Clare Pearson
Photography by Clare Pearson © BBC 2001
Poverty Images © BBC 2001