Choices Then & Now is an innovative and creative approach to the delivery of the Prevent duty, SMSC, Citizenship, Extremism & Resilience designed for primary, secondary and further education. Developed by the Peace Museum, Choices Then & Now has a range of resources to support schools in delivery across the curriculum, engaging students in relevant and thought provoking debate.
Choices Then & Now has been identified as a model of Best Practice by the Prevent team at the Home Office and is now being rolled out across the UK.
This cross-curricular project has been trialed with children and teachers in schools, with great success. The resource content and strategies enhance the delivery of SMSC in a way that is: ‘thoughtful and wide ranging’ and ‘enables students to develop their self- knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence’ and encourages ‘respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process’. (DfE (2014) Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC)
Choices Then & Now is:
- An exhibition in Bradford, with first hand sources from the Peace Museum’s extensive collection.
- A Teachers’ Resource Pack, full of cross-curricular links, medium term plans and lesson resources.
- A creative and practical workshop for students which using the theme of Choices to open up debate.
- Delivery support for teachers, both online at choicesthenandnow.co.uk and within school contexts.
As a result of a grant from the Armed Forces Community Covenant, we are able to offer free workshops and guided tours of the exhibition to schools within the Bradford District and schools or groups that support members of the Armed Forces Community, from October 2015 to April 2016. This is a fantastic opportunity and one not to be missed.
Workshops are offered on a first come first serve basis and are limited to one per school. Additional workshops can be provided at a cost (see below).
To take advantage of this opportunity, please email Jude Wright firstname.lastname@example.org and reserve your free workshop and tour.
Alongside the exhibition, we are also planning a number of free celebration events bringing diverse communities together from across Bradford and North Yorkshire to mark occasions and important dates throughout the year.
Visit the Exhibition
The Choices exhibition in Bradford will use the centenary of World War 1 as a staring point to explore choices (and their consequences) then and now, exploring days that changed the world, key events and significant figures. It offers a rounded view of the period and the different voices involved in the debate.
By exploring the stories of those involved in WW1 Choices encourages students to discuss their own values and understand the values of those around them. The activities will covers the following themes:
- Spiritual – enjoying learning about themselves and those around them
- Moral – knowing right from wrong, and the consequences of decisions
- Social – cooperating with others and resolving differences
- Cultural – understanding of the range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage
During these half day sessions, groups will be invited to attend the exhibition where they will have a guided tour of the exhibits. They will also have the option of taking part in a workshop on the day to explore the themes and create work which will become part of the exhibition itself.
Follow up Materials
A comprehensive 100 page full colour booklet provides teachers with schemes of work, differentiated mid-term plans and a range of untold stories, to engage primary, secondary and post sixteen students.
An accompanying CD ROM contains three stories and associated activities for Key Stage 1. It also includes and a wide range of resources, that may be re-produced to support teaching and learning across all phases.
These materials are largely drawn from primary sources that form part of the Peace Museum’s extensive collection.
To guarantee a place on the project for your group, please email: email@example.com with a contact name, details of your group and email an address we can contact you on.
We look forward to hearing from you!