Teaching children about British values is one thing, but how can you teach your pupils to accept them?

The answer to this question lies in them knowing exactly why British values are what they are, which can be readily understood through the study of literature based on and around the Second World War, such as Goodnight Mister Tom.

Goodnight Mister Tom is, in itself, a great asset and support to the curriculum, but it is also possible to draw parallels between how society created and used British values to stay strong through times of war and how we still use these values today to keep order in society.

Our Goodnight Mister Tom theatre production, set during the dangerous build up to the Second World War, offers a wonderfully uplifting tale of a young evacuee (William Beech) who forges a remarkable and heart-warming friendship with an elderly recluse living in the idyllic English countryside.

The magical stage adaptation of this world-wide literary favourite portrays themes of identity, friendship, kindness, war, and the hardships of life as an evacuee, and for this has earned itself an Olivier award-winning title.

Goodnight Mister Tom will be showing at the Opera House in Manchester between 23 and 27 February 2016 and will give your pupils the opportunity to understand why British values are what they are and why we need them, as well as what life for children was like in the war.

For more information about the production and to find out how your school can make a group booking, please visit our website.

Alternatively, if you would like your pupils to see Goodnight Mister Tom but can’t make the dates above, you can find all of our tour dates at www.goodnightmistertom.co.uk/the-show/tour-dates.