Curriculum Links

Careless Talk supports the notion of a broader school curriculum where pupils not only develop understanding and skills but also become co-constructors in their own learning, participating meaningfully to question, reflect and act on things that have a direct relevance to the real world. These are necessary not only for academic attainment but also for the self-fulfillment and development of pupils as active citizens, ready for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. The programme provides opportunities for pupils to engage and develop as:

  • Successful Learners who enjoy learning and make progress and achieve
  • Confident individuals who are able to lead healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

It also provides a context for the development of:

  • Attitudes and attributes
  • Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding

The outcomes of Careless Talk support the Every Child Matters initiative making a contribution to the “Enjoy and achieve” and “Make a positive contribution” strands by addressing the following priorities:

  • Improve access to and take up of broader learning opportunities
  • Ensure that children and young people are better able to respond to challenges
  • Help children and young people to develop socially and emotionally
  • Consult and engage with children and young people


fist02 Citizenship

Careless Talk also makes links to the Citizenship curriculum in the following ways:

  • Take responsibility
  • Feel positive about themselves
  • Participate
  • Make real choices and decisions
  • Meet and talk with people
  • Develop relationships through work and play
  • Consider social and moral dilemmas that they come across in life
  • Develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities
  • Prepare to play an active role as citizens
  • Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people


fist02 SMSC

Careless Talk supports pupil’s SMSC development and understanding of British values by:

  • Exploring different beliefs, faiths and experiences
  • Developing respect of faiths, feeling and values
  • Learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world
  • Using imagination and creativity
  • Exploring right and wrong
  • Exploring consequences
  • Investigating moral and ethical issues
  • Encouraging reasoned views
  • Allowing the pupils to participate, volunteer and cooperate
  • Exploring British Values of democracy, law, liberty, respect and tolerance
  • Enabling students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures
  • Encouraging respect for other people

The programme also supports teaching around fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance.


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Aims & Outcomes

Careless Talk aims to promote tolerance and support children in challenging extremist ideas.

Children will:

  • Build confidence in forming opinions so that they can challenge extremist perspectives and consider alternatives to violence as a way of resolving problems.
  • Reflect on the role of the media, social media, gossip and rumour in contributing to perceptions and attitudes so that they understand that there are multiple points of view.
  • Have an opportunity to discuss the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


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Programme Outline

fist02The Classroom

The programme begins in the classroom where the context of the drama and the roles of the children are established. Children learn that they are to enter a fictional world in which they are members of a minority group called The Circle living in the city of Brodingham. The children are preparing for a coming of age ceremony that enrolls them as full and active members of the Circle and receive the mark of The Circle on the palm of their hands.

The drama begins when Gessler, a police officer, arrives to come and prepare them for their first Circle meeting. He is going to be assisted by Scarlett, but she seems to have been delayed. Gessler takes the children through their circle promise and presents The Nydle, the emblem of the Circle for them to look at. The children examine it carefully and reflect on what significance it has for them as Circle members. The children are invited to talk about the LAW, TOLERANCE, DEMOCRACY, RESPECT and FREEDOM. Scarlett arrives upset after an unpleasant incident and the children are charged with helping her as Gessler leaves to respond to the violence that is growing on the streets of Brodingham. Scarlett processes with the children to the hall for their first meeting.

fist02The Hall

Once at the location for the meeting Scarlett finds that there is no-one to meet them and as they wait for other Circle members to arrive they practise what will happen in the First Meeting. They are interrupted by Lippy who says that the other Circle members would not be coming as there was a protest against The Circle meetings. He is abusive towards Scarlett and the gathered children and through his actions it is obvious that he holds extreme and prejudiced views.

IMG_3370BObviously upset by what had happened Scarlett voices her frustrations, stating that she wishes she could take action to stop the behaviour she had just experienced. Scarlett worries about the safety of her best friend, Amy and texts to see if she can find out what is happening in the city centre. She gets a text from Gessler, telling her to stay put.

A young man called Fawkes then comes in with news from outside and invites the children and Scarlett into his secret den where they will be safe.

Once there, Fawkes rails against injustice suffered by the Circle, and shows how the people of Brodingham hate The Circle. They look at news and social media clippings underlining these arguments. He encourages Scarlett and the children to join ‘The Arc’ in order to make things better. Scarlett is still worried about Amy and wants to find her, so Fawkes agrees to help, but first they must take the children back to safety. They accompany them back to the classroom, and agree to meet again ‘in two days’.


The children are collected by Scarlett and return to the secret meeting place, waiting for Fawkes. They begin to list ideas to improve the image of The Circle in the eyes of the people in Brodingham. Fawkes returns, welcomes the children and reads their ideas from the list. He disregards them and reveals that he in favour of something more extreme. Scarlett is reminded about what has happened to Amy, and agrees she wants to ‘fight’. Fawkes presents Scarlett with a bomb in a bag, stating that “justice is in this bag”. They are interrupted by a siren, signaling that The Arc is being raided by the police. Fawkes immediately leaves, and after a confused moment he is followed by Scarlett.

Gessler enters the secret meeting place in a search of Fawkes. He tells the children that Fawkes is a dangerous man. Gessler recognises the children from earlier and learns of Scarlett’s membership of The Arc and her possession of the bag. Gessler begins to unpick the things that the children have been told and shown by Fawkes and he presents a different perspective. He challenges Fawkes’ extreme point of view and tells the children that Fawkes had previous ‘form’. He asks for their help in understanding how he operates. Scarlett re-enters, but she is now without the bag. Confronted by Gessler and the children it is apparent that Fawkes’ influence has taken hold and she refuses to tell Gessler the whereabouts of the bag. The children attempt to convince her of Fawkes’ true motives. They ask her to speculate on the potential consequences of Scarlett carrying out Fawkes’ ‘single decisive act’. Eventually she is convinced and reveals that she has put the bag in a nearby dustbin. The drama ends with Gessler thanking the children for their invaluable help and leaving with Scarlett.

Out of role, the children are invited to think about what the people of Brodingham need to do to resolve their differences without violence.

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