The final lesson of each Scheme of Work allows time to summarise the educational purposes of the module, the relationship of the module to Miriam's story, and the relationship of Miriam's story to one's own life and community. This is essential for the purposes of the aims of Miriam's Vision.
You will need to be aware of possible sensitivities around this topic. Some students may have been directly or indirectly affected either by terrorism, and whilst all the materials on this website are non-religious and a-political, there are still sensitivities to consider because of the nature of the event.
Experience has shown that opening lines of communication with students and their families has reassured any concerns.
We must make reference here to conspiracy theories, which are rife on the internet. A simple search for 7/7 throws up a great deal of such material and it is likely that students will encounter these if they engage in any internet research. You may choose to explain this to them. Your feedback on this is welcome.
Information to Parents/Guardians
With sensitivities in mind, it is suggested that a representative of the school or class writes to parents of students who are going to participate in Miriam's Vision sessions. Here is a template, if you wish to use it:
I am writing to let you know that we will be using Miriam’s Vision, a collection of teaching resources created by the Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust (MHMT). Miriam was killed in the London bombings on 7th July 2005. Her family set up the MHMT and created a living memorial – the Miriam Hyman Children’s Eye Care Centre in Odisha, India.
The MHMT also created an education resource called Miriam’s Vision: A Response to the 2005 London Bombings. The aim is to promote a safer, more inclusive society. Given the challenges of extremism that continue here and all over the world, this is a special opportunity to tackle the subject in meaningful and constructive ways.
You can find out more about the Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust on their website. It is a small charity. Any donation is completely optional.
Please feel free to contact us, especially if you have any concerns.
Raising funds “for the charity” has been spontaneously requested by some students during trialing. Refer to our Fundraising Add-on for ideas.
We welcome feedback from teachers who have used Miriam's Vision. We use your feedback to inform refinements of the resources and we may quote you anonymously in relevant contexts. Please use this contact form. Thank you!