Changes in Society - Managing an Exhibition

Teachers' Notes

This resource could be used within any curriculum area that requires the planning and running of an event.  This applies to many vocational qualifications ranging from BTEC Business Studies to BTEC Sports Studies. Whilst the resource itself is concerned with crime and offenders its main use would be around preparing and running an event in alternative circumstances, however, it could be used to give some background information into Young Offenders Institutions which would integrate into the KS4 citizenship curriculum. 

Taken from a review by Ben Thompson, member of My Learning Teachers' Panel, September 2012.

In 2007 the Record Office was successful in gaining grants from The Big Lottery and MLA for a project within the 'Their Past Your Future phase 2' funding. The Museums and Archives Alive! Strategic Commissioning programme funding allowed the project to create a DVD about the project and clips from this can be seen throughout this learning journey.


Curriculum links:


KS3 Citizenship - Unit 02 Crime

KS4 Citizenship - Unit 04 How and why are laws made? - links with history, making and changing laws in the past and how campaigning has changed over time, with particular reference to changes in the prison system in the 19th and 20th Centuries. 


OCR qualifications:


OCR Level 2: Creative and Media - Unit 4: Responding to a brief

OCR Level 3: Creative and Media - Unit 1: Using creative and media skills in a global context, especially Explore, Plan, Produce and Reflect.


This resource may be used as an example for GNVQ subjects where students need to plan and run an event.


In outline the aims of the project were:


To provide young people aged between 18 and 20 in custody at Northallerton Young Offenders Institution with learning resources, and with ways of communicating their discoveries to the wider community. (The full brief is contained in the worksheet activity)


Additional information about the project which will help students respond to the project brief:


The project involved education staff at HM YOI (Northallerton), Young Offenders, North Yorkshire County Council Record Office Staff, and a Project Manager.


Resources used were developed using archive material from the North Yorkshire County Council Record Office in the form of a Police Charge Book from the 19th Century, Calendars of Prisoners records, booklet of Rules of Northallerton Gaol and transportation records.  The Green Howards Museum provided two courts martial books.  All this material was digitally scanned and the Young Offenders used the hard copies to inform their project.


The Library at Northallerton and the Schools Library Service provided text books which the young offenders used as research tools. Various internet sites were also used.


As the Young Offenders did not have access to the internet, all the sources had to be printed off and images downloaded by their tutor so that they had access to them in the classroom.

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