Hillsborough Disaster School Lesson Resource
Hillsborough “When Will Dad Be Home?” By Shaun Millea.
This book by author Shaun Millea has been a work of passion. Shaun, whilst delivering a history lecture at Toxteth Library, he began a conversation with a lady from Bath. She explained that her children didn’t understand what Hillsborough meant to the people of Liverpool. That comment inspired him to write this book.
This is the fictional story of Frankie who was aged 9 years old in 1989, when his Dad went to watch Liverpool v Nottingham Forest in the semi-final of the F.A. cup at Hillsborough Stadium on the 15th April.
Frankie tells his story of the heartbreak of that day. The book uses factual information about the tragedy to enhance the story.
Why would reading this book help your students:
· The Hillsborough tragedy will be an enduring part of life for the people of Liverpool. Both staff and students will benefit from learning the facts from the day, as well as the emotional fallout the victims and their families faced.
· Including this book in your curriculum will support your statutory delivery of PSHE, particularly the Mental Health and Wellbeing section.
· The book deals with the fundamental issue of loss. Reading it will afford teachers the opportunity to initiate conversations with students about grief and bereavement.
· Students can begin to identify ways in which they can deal with these emotions, finding positive outlets for grief, such as counselling, memory books etc.
· Due to the author being a Liverpudlian himself, there is the opportunity to arrange school visits, where the themes and passion behind writing this story can be explained further.