PSHE GCSE: Love Hurts - Lily's story

A drama-documentary based on the personal testimony of Lily who is in a long-term relationship with boyfriend Josh, which began when Lily was only 14.

When she wouldn’t sleep with him, he cheated on her with another girl.

Lily became upset and tried to sustain her relationship with Josh but he became emotionally and physically violent towards her.

The clip explores Josh’s behaviour from Lily’s point of view and reveals the issues that made her upset and confused.

Lily was able to get through her difficulties with the help of her mum and ended her relationship with Josh.

The film is based on an actual interview but for the safety of the interviewee, names have been changed and the words are spoken by actors.

Contains adult themes and some language that may offend. Teacher review recommended prior to use in class.

This clip is from the series Love Hurts.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used in a lesson on sex education.

As students watch the clip ask them to identify all of Lily's errors in the relationship.

Ensure pupils are aware that Lily's errors are due to inexperience, insecurity and perhaps low self-esteem.

Ask pupils to produce a cartoon strip to show how Lily's mistakes could have been corrected, including the role of her parents and friends.

Afterwards, pupils could explore the situation from Josh's point of view.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching PSHE at GCSE/KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 in Scotland.

More from Love Hurts:

Love Hurts - Charlotte's story
Love Hurts - Chris' story
Love Hurts - Melika's story
Love Hurts - Rose's story
Love Hurts - Shaun's story