PSHE GCSE: Teenage poverty in the UK - Shelby's story

Shelby is 17 and lives on her own in Glasgow. She describes her experiences of being unemployed.

Now on a work placement scheme, she discusses the difference this has made to her.

However, the pay is only £55 per week, the same as her job seekers allowance was.

Shelby tries to budget but often runs out of money and is constantly hungry.

We see her struggle to furnish her flat and her seeking help from a credit union.

Shelby reflects on the difficulties in her family relationships that have led to her current situation and describes how difficult it is to live without parental support.

Finally we learn that a few weeks later she discovers she is pregnant and therefore fails to secure a full time job at her placement.

This clip is from the series Growing Up Poor.

Teacher Notes

This clip could act as a stimulus for a research project looking at youth unemployment and young people living in poverty either locally or nationally.

Research could include the range of social and financial support services available to young people and the limitations of those services.

Pupils could explore the choices or actions that young people living in poverty can take to help themselves.

They could also look at factors that might inhibit or limit those choices and actions, as well as the risks and possible consequences of different choices.

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.

More from Growing Up Poor:

Teenage pregnancy and poverty - Amber's story
Teenage poverty, education and finding a job in the UK - Frankie's story
Teenage poverty in the UK and being an unemployed teenage dad - Wesley's story