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Looking Behind the Logo

An assembly plan introducing the life of a sweatshop worker in a sportswear factory

This assembly is adapted from our award-winning role-play resource for ages 13+. Using the life of 25 year-old sweatshop worker Mara from Cambodia, your class will learn about:

  • the labour behind branded trainers and sportswear
  • factory conditions and workers' rights
  • the causes and consequences of the use of cheap labour in poorer countries
  • action learners can take in the UK


The assembly lasts around 15 minutes and has a teachers' script and a PowerPoint slideshow. It can stand alone, or could be used to introduce topic work around globalisation.