PSHE GCSE: Teenage pregnancy and poverty - Amber's story

Amber is 16, pregnant, without a partner and on benefits.

She is living with her mum, Mandy, and her partner who are also dependent on benefits.

Amber reflects on the circumstances that led to her current situation.

She describes how she feels different from the other mums at the hospital who are older and have partners.

Mandy describes how she too was a teenage mum and the difficulties she faced.

We see Amber and her mum trying to manage the family’s financial difficulties.

Amber discusses her hopes and fears for her future and how these have had to change because of her pregnancy.

Being pregnant has meant that she has had to grow up.

Amber begins a training course but has to give it up.

We see Amber giving birth to a baby son.

This clip is from the series Growing Up Poor.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could research the immediate and future social implications of teenage pregnancies.

They could also explore the financial costs to a teenage parent and their family after an unplanned pregnancy.

Students could look at how the situation can be made worse through youth unemployment and poverty.

Pupils could research the social, medical and financial support available and its limitations.

Ask students to present their findings to their peers as a poster, report or leaflet.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching PSHE/Modern Studies at GCSE Level. This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

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