Secondary Workshops

Workshops for Secondary Schools


The Big Issue Classroom offers three tailored workshops for secondary students. Led by a skilled facilitator, each workshop is designed to provoke thought and discussion through engaging activities. The workshop also gives students the opportunity to hear from a guest speaker who has experienced homelessness, disadvantage or disability first-hand. Students will be encouraged to think about the future of their communities, and the actions they can take to promote social justice. By learning about The Big Issue and the role it plays in helping disadvantaged people experiencing homelessness or disability, students are challenged to reconsider stereotypes and learn how social enterprise can help resolve pressing social issues.

The content of each workshop is tailored for different year levels and links to different learning areas in the Australian Curriculum. All students and teachers who participate in a workshop will receive access to resources and study materials.

Subject Area Year Levels Workshop
Civics and Citizenship 7-10 Australian Curriculum CC (PDF) Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage
Community and Family Studies HSC (NSW) CAFS (PDF) Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage
Economics and Business
7-8 Australian Curriculum EB (PDF) Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage
9-10 Australian Curriculum EB (PDF) Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage
OR
The Case for Social Enterprise
HSC (NSW) EB (PDF) Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage
OR
The Case for Social Enterprise
VCE Economics (PDF) The Case for Social Enterprise
VCE Business (PDF) The Case for Social Enterprise
English and Literacy
7-8 Australian Curriculum En (PDF) Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage
9-10 Australian Curriculum En (PDF) Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage
VCE En (PDF) Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage
Geography 7-10 Australian Curriculum Ge (PDF) Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage
Health and Human Development VCE HHD (PDF) The Health Impacts of Homelessness
Health and Physical Education 7-10 Australian Curriculum HPE (PDF) Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage
Media Studies 7-10 Australian Curriculum Me (PDF) Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage
Personal Development VCAL (PDF) Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage
Sustainability 7-10 Australian Curriculum Su (PDF) Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage

Featuring the story of a guest speaker who has experienced homelessness, this workshop engages students through discussion and activities. The session challenges stereotypes about homelessness, and prompts students to consider their own choices and the supports available to them in the community.

The Big Issue is a leader in Australia's social enterprise sector, providing employment opportunities for homeless and marginalised people. In this workshop, students explore the role social enterprises such as The Big Issue can play in alleviating disadvantage and offering sustainable solutions to pressing social issues. Students are encouraged to think about their role as consumers and future tax payers, considering the economic impacts of their choices. As well as explaining the impacts of homelessness on the Australian economy, the session features the story of someone who has experienced homelessness and found employment at The Big Issue.

Exploring the dimensions of health, the workshop focuses on the various forms homelessness can take, and their impact on the social, physical and mental health of different groups of people. Featuring the story of someone who has experienced homelessness, this workshop works well both as an introduction to a unit of study or as a consolidation or review of knowledge.

Workshops are delivered at The Big Issue Classroom in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney or online. To book a workshop, click here.