History KS3 / GCSE: Suffragettes during World War One

Looking at the position of women in pre-war Britain and the suffrage campaign, this is a scene setting, context establishing piece.

The start of World War I brought about great social changes for Britain across all the classes; working class women had paid opportunities to work in the factories, while middle class women joined the Women’s Volunteer Reserve.

Kate Adie explores these changes from the women’s perspective, but also the men’s.

There are some upsetting scenes in this clip. Teacher review recommended prior to use in class.

Teacher Notes

The class could be spilt into groups and take part in a role play activity.

One to support a continuation of civil disobedience. A second to advocate suspending the action and support the government.

A third to represent the government’s efforts to convince the suffragettes to help.

The non-performers can be the public and vote for the most convincing arguments.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History at KS3, KS4/GCSE, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland.

Also at 3rd Level, Fourth Level, National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, CCEA GCSE and SQA.

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