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News Teaching Margaret Thatcher: news and resources round up
Following the death of the UK's first and only female prime minister, we bring together the best news stories and teaching resources to explore the Iron Lady's legacy
Although your students weren't born when Margaret Thatcher resigned as Tory leader in 1990, they are all living with the fall out of Thatcherism - for good or ill - and it's vital for them to understand the action and impact of the Thatcher years.
Here we pull together the best news stories, multimedia, teaching resources and websites to help your class get to grips with one of the most important and influential political figures of the last half-century.
From the Guardian
The Margaret Thatcher I knew - interactive
What was the former prime minister really like to work with and against, to live with and to help dress? Those who knew her best remember in these 20 personal insights into the life of the former prime minister.
Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes
Key comments which have gone down in history from: "Where there is discord, may we bring harmony..." to "there is no such thing as society" to "The lady's not for turning".
Margaret Thatcher's death: international newspaper front pages in pictures
How the world saw Britain's former prime minister - also see this stupendous and strange sand sculpture created on the beaches of Puri in southern India (you have to scan down the page to 5.18pm to see it).
How Britain changed in 15 charts
What kind of Britain did Margaret Thatcher leave behind? Check out the data.
Britain without Thatcher
What would the 1980s have been like if Margaret Thatcher had not fought and won the general election in 1979? Novelist Philip Henscher imagines a decade of nationalisation, nuclear disarmament and state-run pubs. Can your students give Churchill, Hitler, Stalin a similar treatment?
David Cameron and Ed Miliband - video
The prime minister and the leader of the opposition pay generous tribute to Margaret Thatchers' belief in political ideas and her understand that the British economy of the 1970s had to change in their tributes in the Commons.
Glenda Jackson criticises Margaret Thatcher - video
The Labour MP sums up what those on the left despised about Margaret Thatcher. Barely 100 out of the 256 Labour MPs attended the tribute day which Guardian sketch writer described as "being suffocated inside a gigantic sticky toffee pudding with nasty bogeys planted inside".
Margaret Thatcher's legacy: best writing
This a fantastic selection of the best writing and cartoons from commentators, politicians and journalists of the legacy of Margaret Thatcher's 11 years in power - and her continuing impact.
Margaret Thatcher - fashion legacy in pictures
This photo gallery takes us through the subtle changes in Margaret Thatcher's image from her early days as a young MP, to the "milk snatcher" years and beyond. Interestingly a whole load of her dresses were brought by an anonymous bidder in South Korea last year.
On the Guardian Teacher Network
Britain's Iron Lady dies
An article plus activities specially written for a younger audience, from schools news service The Day on the life and death of Margaret Thatcher. How has her vision and determination marked Britain and beyond - for better and worse?
Mining - development and decline
Fascinating geography lesson on the creation, development and ultimate decline of communities built up around mining in the UK. What was the economic and personal impact of Margaret Thatcher's policies in the 1980s? Key stage 3 students get to explore.
Interactive lesson on the impact trade unions have on businesses plus how employees and employers negotiate and settle disputes and the laws that govern the labour relationship. Why did Margaret Thatcher work so hard to crush unions and where has that led?
What did Margaret Thatcher do for Britain? Panel verdict
David Owen, Virginia Bottomley, Roy Hattersley, Paddy Ashdown, David Blunkett and John Redwood consider the legacy of the former prime minister in this useful resource.
What is a stroke?
Students can explore the condition that ended the life of Margaret Thatcher and is responsible for 50,000 deaths as well as 50,000 cases of severe disability in the UK each year. This anatomy lesson looks at our circulatory systems and how our hearts work.
The best of the web
Margaret Thatcher on the BBC
BBC history has pulled together a fascinating series of highlights clips from BBC programs including her early years, The Lady's Not for Turning and Margaret Thatcher and the Falklands War.
Women in politics
This resource explores the role of women in politics through the 20th century to the present day. The jury's out whether Margaret Thatcher did anything positive for women in politics but she was the UK's only female prime minister.
Thatcher's pop legacy
Margaret Thatcher spawned a wave to protest songs and here are the clips kindly pulled together by Channel 4 News.
Margaret Thatcher sings My Way
Or her Spitting Image alter-ego does anyway. Fabulous stuff.
Torydiary on Margaret Thatcher
What can we learn about the former prime minister as a parliamentarian?