Role play suggestions

Role play is primarily used for reading fluency as well as having the ability to produce positive emotional effects, notably confidence.

Individuals should be encouraged to practise reading out loud in a group, by employing the text in a ‘role play’ scenario, whenever possible. (However, it is important not to put young people on the spot with reading, if you are unsure of their confidence reading out loud.)

All sections within Skint!  can be used as role play activity but it is best if they are designed, managed and facilitated carefully so that the activity has impact, but it isn't so memorable that these 'activity memories' override the impact and memory of the learning. If this happens the lasting memory may be an aspect of the activity, not the learning that was realised.

Role play diagram

Diagram adapted from Kolb's learning styles and process theory as it might be applied to learning by role playing.


After the role play it is advisable to hold a review discussion for learners to develop their own understanding and draw their own conclusions.

The role of the support worker is to enable others to learn by drawing out the issues and developing the learning that is relevant to the individuals. The facilitator should ask questions that will stimulate thought about relevant issues and enable the group to use answers given to develop further thought and learning.