Step Into Her Trainers

KS4: ages 14-16KS5: ages 16+PDFGame

This resource is for educators wanting to teach about the global sportswear industry and Olympic merchandise supply chains. It contains 10 ready-to-use activities for helping young people critically consider who makes the clothes and sporting merchandise they buy, and what can be done to improve their rights.

Background information for teachers gives details about conditions in the global sportswear industry. Activities include a starter quiz to provoke discussion; a look at the labels in our clothing; a day in the life of a T-shirt; role plays relating to working conditions and workers’ rights; and suggestions for positive action, including ‘fair designing’.

The resource is aimed at upper secondary and A-level students, with curriculum links for fashion and textiles courses, Citizenship and Geography, but is easily adaptable for other age ranges and subjects.

This resource can also be used in conjunction with the Playfair 2012 ‘Unfair Factory’ online game, which aims to help students understand the pressures of factory work, and the human rights difficulties encountered by workers. Activity 4 of the Step Into Her Trainers resource includes a lesson plan suggestion for using this game.


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