How Do We All Live Together? Perseverance and Support: Derek Redmond’s Story

Focus: Moral and Social Development


To develop pupils’ moral understanding of the values of perseverance and supporting others and their interest and empathy for others, using the story of Derek Redmond’s perseverance in injury and disappointment to explore the topics: How can we keep going when things go wrong? How can we help others?

Learning Objective

Play the video of athlete Derek Redmond running for gold at the 1992 Olympics.  It shows the race, the painful moment when he injured his hamstring, his determination to continue to the finish and his father’s support for him to the finish.  The video can be found in the free resources section on entitled ‘Don’t give up, don’t give in’.

A recent news interview with Derek can be found on


‘Lean on me’ – available on

“Lean on me, when you’re not strong,

I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on.

For, it won’t be long, till I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.”

‘OK’ – available on

“The sky feels like its falling, the sun is overdue, life seems so confusing, you don’t know what to do …Gonna be alright, gonna be OK…”