Use this lesson to explore race equality and unconscious bias with your secondary and adult learners at CEFR B2 and above.

A paper chain of children around a school
Cath McLellan


This lesson plan is based around a UK documentary called 'The school that tried to end racism'. The documentary focuses on a project in a school in London in which 12- and 13-year-old students were tested for unconscious race bias, and then took part in a series of activities designed to tackle racism. In this lesson, students will watch a short clip from the documentary, read a text about the project, and focus on collocations. Learners will reflect on the key concepts that the project addresses.  Finally, students have the opportunity to reflect on how people reacted to the documentary and why and reflect on their own opinions.

Learning outcomes:

  • Explain what unconscious bias is
  • Identify attitudes in a spoken text
  • Explain concepts and arguments of a written text about a school experiment
  • Use vocabulary related to racism and unconscious bias
  • Express viewpoints regarding topics such as racism and unconscious race bias

Age and level:

13-17, Adults (B2+)


75-90 minutes


Lesson plan239.95 KB


Submitted by ViktoriiaK on Sun, 05/26/2024 - 11:48

The topic is very essential in today`s world and it is our duty to explain and show our students the importance of knowing it. The plan is great

Submitted by Melese Mengesha on Thu, 05/09/2024 - 05:15

I believe that every person should be treated equally, regardless of their race or gender. This is because every human being is created equal by God. However, some individuals who believe they are superior create differences and privileges for themselves. As demonstrated in the video, children who were asked sensitive questions about racism scattered in different directions, highlighting that both adults and children can be victims of racism. Therefore, I appreciate the British Council for taking the initiative to reduce this harmful societal issue worldwide. Although it is difficult to stop racism overnight, we can work towards minimizing it, so that people all over the world can live safely.

Submitted by CHRISTIANNE on Sun, 04/14/2024 - 06:13

This is such an inspiring plan which can be adopted in general ed classes here. However, it must be well thought out and planned due to the sensitivity in the nature of the topic. I especially loved that whenever a text is introduced, processing of both text and students' contexts follow. With this pattern, students comprehend and appreciate the context and target content at the same time.

Submitted by afsana.sultana.23 on Tue, 01/09/2024 - 06:17

In reply to by marinabiz

I am glad to know all those info about racism.Now it is my responsibility to approach in my class and implement in our daily life.Infact I think about a drama which kids will play soon in our open day. I am so excited to do that. I grew up in Bangladesh and I have seen in my country all those rubbish but never think that I can teach my students this topic. If kids learn from now, I am sure their life and surrounding will definitely change. Thank you British Council to open my eyes.

Submitted by GulBaig on Thu, 12/28/2023 - 17:01

I would enact it in my teaching.

Submitted by Saba Nadeem on Sat, 12/23/2023 - 02:53

I am really glad that I have been given this opportunity by my section head at my school to learn new ideas and get better ideas through this course.

Submitted by uzma shaheen on Fri, 12/22/2023 - 06:12

It was very useful topic we must discuss these topics

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