Coercive control lesson plan

Secondary

This lesson from BBC Teach is designed for use with students over 15, and explores the topic of coercive control and controlling relationships.

Coercive control is a pattern of behaviour by an abuser to harm, punish or frighten their victim.

In this lesson, students will watch a drama about a relationship between two young people, split into five parts. As the drama progresses, the characters' behaviour changes, and students will be asked to analyse each part, sharing their thoughts.

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • use with young people aged 15 and up
  • use with whole classes

Curriculum links

England - RSHE

Respectful relationships, including friendships

By the end of secondary school pupils should know:

· that some types of behaviour within relationships are criminal, including violent behaviour and coercive control

Northern Ireland – Learning for Life and Work

Relationships

Key Stage 4 pupils should be enabled to:

· develop their understanding of relationships and sexuality and the responsibilities of healthy relationships

Scotland – Health and Wellbeing

Relationships, sexual health and parenthood

· I recognise that power can exist within relationships and can be used positively as well as negatively.

· I know where to get support and help with situations involving abuse and I understand that there are laws which protect me from different kinds of abuse.

Wales - Health and Wellbeing

Healthy relationships are fundamental to our wellbeing

Progression step 4: I can consider the role of safety in relationships and I can identify where my safety or the safety of others is threatened and I know how to respond to this. 

Progression step 5: I can take steps to avoid conflict and to remove myself from unsafe relationships. I can draw on support systems for myself and others when needed.

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