PSHE GCSE: Teenage poverty, education and finding a job in the UK - Frankie's story

Frankie is 19 and living in an overcrowded flat in London with his family who are dependent on benefits.

He describes the appeal of life on the streets and how he ended up in a young offenders institution for robbery.

Frankie is now determined to turn his life around and go to university and he describes his aspirations.

We see Frankie facing many hurdles, including finding a job with a criminal record, funding study and his fear of student debt.

Frankie reflects on a need for extra determination to improve one's chances at life when you come from a background like his.

This clip is from the series Growing Up Poor.

Teacher Notes

Use the clip as a stimulus for discussion on the reasons why Frankie became involved in crime.

Discuss the barriers Frankie faces to improving his life. Compare Frankie's life with a teenager from a wealthy background.

The clip is also useful for discussing ideas such as equality of opportunity and meritocracy.

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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Teenage pregnancy and poverty - Amber's story
Teenage poverty in the UK - Shelby's story
Teenage poverty in the UK and being an unemployed teenage dad - Wesley's story