What made a job desirable in the 1950s?

This lesson sequence for Key Stage 3 and 4 students was written by Samantha Broad from St Edward’s Royal Free Ecumenical Middle School in Windsor.

Overall enquiry question

What made a job desirable in the 1950s?

Learning objectives

  • use contemporary data to conduct a historical enquiry into occupations and wages in the first half of the 20th century
  • consider the relative desirability of different occupations
  • understand the importance of industrial occupations and begin to consider the impact of de-industrialisation on the UK


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