Mapping perspectives

Step 1: Who is or has been impacted by the issue or topic you are exploring? Think about this at a school, local, national and international level.

Step 2: Who has power to make a difference on the issue? This might be formal power (school governors, governments) or informal power (influencers). Again, think about the school, local, national and international levels.

Step 3: Who have you missed? This is the hardest question of all – we often forget or miss the people with the least power. One way to think about this is by thinking through characteristics: race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, socio-economic group, religion, political party for example.

Step 3: Now, you should have a good list of people who might have perspectives on the issue, think about how you can bring a good and differing range of these perspectives into the school:

  • inviting people to speak – this can be in person or via video link, or through pre-recording – reach out to your networks and you’d be amazed who you can find
  • videos – there are huge ranges of videos with alternative perspectives on issues – use reputable sources
  • primary and secondary written sources – articles, blogs, letters,