PSHE/Citizenship GCSE: The Glasgow Girls' Stories - The Documentaries

WARNING: Contains some scenes which some viewers may find upsetting.

In 2005, the lives of seven 15 year old school girls from Drumchapel High School in Glasgow changed forever when one of them, Agnesa Mursulaj, was removed in a dawn raid carried out by UK immigration authorities.

Agnesa and her family had been settled in Scotland for five years.

They were seeking asylum since fleeing their homeland of Kosovo, where their lives were in danger due to their Roma ethnicity.

Devastated by her sudden disappearance, Agnesa’s friends began a vigorous campaign against the UK Government, to stop her deportation and put an end to dawn raids involving children.

Their inspirational story has since been the catalyst for two BBC documentaries, a National Theatre of Scotland musical and a BBC drama.

Ten years on The Glasgow Girls are back together to reflect on all the different ways their story has been told.

This clip is from the series The Glasgow Girls' Stories.

Teacher Notes

This clip is particularly relevant for the Scottish curriculum, but the content should make it accessible and potentially useful for KS4 teaching in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

National 4

This clip could be used to create listening assessments (N4 A&E Outcome 2), Writing Assessments (N4 C&P Outcome 1) and/or Speaking Assessment (N4 C&P Outcome 2) and could also link into published material (such as newspaper stories) to be used for Reading Assessments (N4 A&E Outcome 1).

National 5

This clip could be used as the basis of a Listening Assessment or to provoke initial discussions around starting folio pieces (i.e. a reflective essay centred on a difficult experience or ideas of identity; a discursive essay exploring the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees) or Speaking Assessments.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching PSHE and Citizenship at KS4 and GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 or Higher in Scotland.

More from The Glasgow Girls' Stories

The Glasgow Girls' Stories: The Drama
The Glasgow Girls' Stories: The Musical