Challenging your assumptions


We’ve spotted some assumptions BNC members have made about people who live in social housing.

An assumption is a conclusion we make based on incomplete information. For example, what do you think this is a picture of? What do you think it would smell like or taste like?

You probably ASSUME that this is an orange. But what if I told you it is actually a picture of a soap, shaped like an orange? Without seeing it in real life, you can only make an assumption about the picture.

What assumptions have BNC members made about people who live in social housing? What have we concluded, based on incomplete information?

One assumption we have spotted is:

“you cannot be intelligent and live in social housing”

This is an assumption, and an incorrect one at that! Lots of intelligent people live in social housing and we cannot generalise for the whole population.

You can stop yourself from making assumptions by asking yourself questions from the ‘scepticism’ column on the  BNC Skills poster or researching your topic.

Comment below with your assumptions about social housing. Then check back, read our challenges and see if you can challenge other people too!


  1. Boutcher Primary School Boutcher Primary School

    can I please have this explained to me more


    • Hi dododj,

      Of course! We want to know if you’re being sceptical enough about your opinions on social housing tenants. These tasks will help you work that out:
      TASK 1: When you think about social housing tenants, what images and words come to your mind?
      TASK 2: What evidence do you have that those images and words are true about social housing tenants?

      If you don’t have any evidence, you may well be making an assumption.
      I hope that helps!

      • Ben Jonson Primary School Ben Jonson Primary School

        some of the things that come to my mind are that people need help from the government to apply for social housing so it is fair and every human whatever they are like have rights to own a house no matter who they are or what they do because some people need a house whereas wealthy people want a bigger house . People assume that poor people are just dirt and they don’t deserve a home where, they are safe and not homeless. Please don’t judge a book by its cover until you get to know them.
        By diamond giraffe

  2. Dear Mickey,
    I understand what you mean. Other people in news club and perhaps even myself have made incorrect assumptions about the people who need social housing. If people qualify for social housing through illness or inability to work, it’s most often through no fault of their own, as anyone can get sick, or have some sort of event affect their life. They cannot and should not be judged on where or how they must live. By NellieBly: the2nd

  3. Upton Cross Primary School Upton Cross Primary School

    I think everybody deserves a home because they all need a roof over their heads and because they all have the same human rights

    • Allhallows Primary Academy Allhallows Primary Academy

      I agree everyone is equal even if they are not as lucky as us. just because they cant afford a home people have the simple human right of living under a roof. people should not be judged because there not as healthy or happy as you. if people cant work one day because of illness isn’t there fault. if they cant pay the bills/rent because of one week off work they will try getting on to the social housing list even though its not there fault. there are people on that list that haven’t eaten for days or haven’t had any money to go to work should be given a house before anyone else.

      super fast cheetah

    • St Mary's and St John's Church of England School St Mary's and St John's Church of England School

      I agree everyone has the same human rights ,but if someone purposely gets themselves addicted,DO THEY DESERVE A ROOF OVER THERE HEAD OR GET A PUNISHMENT?

      Ferrari spies

  4. Charles Read Academy Charles Read Academy

    Don’t judge a book by its cover!
    Its really important that we think about the things we write. In lots of the topics we discuss we get our information from the BNC and our parents and school. We can trust lots of sources, but others we need to be more sceptical of so that we dont offend people and get things wrong.

  5. Upton Cross Primary School Upton Cross Primary School

    I think that everybody deserves a roof over their head dispite their backround or are less fortunate than others. I also
    think that the gouverment should change their rule of ‘If you are under 18 we can’t help you with social housing’ because some people under the age of 18 might not have the support of their family or they might live somewhere very crowded so they would have to move out. So all I am saying is that everybody should have the right to social housing.

  6. Upton Cross Primary School Upton Cross Primary School

    Sorry I forgot to put my HUB name. the comment above is by : Red pheonix magnolia7

  7. Allhallows Primary Academy Allhallows Primary Academy

    Assumptions aren’t fair if you don’t know the whole story. For example the assumption about not being smart if you live in social housing. What if you had a really good job but then your business got closed down? Then you would maybe not be able to find another job and would run out of money. Unless you know the full story, nothing is ever as it seems…

    • Allhallows Primary Academy Allhallows Primary Academy

      I agree assumptions shouldn’t be made as they say never judge a book by its cover.

      super fast cheetah

  8. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    My assumption is, when I was small I thought that social housing happens because big houses [flats] are very small from the inside.

    From, Nice Raven

  9. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    Social housing is just the same a house but cheap and small! Don’t judge people like that! Some people don’t have jobs like job so they can only afford a social house. This is like your picking someone just because they look weird.


  10. I think it is fine to assume things as long as you are not hurting anybody’s feelings or being narrow-minded. I think it is only human to make assumptions. Sometimes assumptions are good, sometimes they are bad. It all depends. I do think you have a point and that everybody should gather as much evidence before assuming anything. I assume you got that orange off Google images but I have no idea because I haven’t checked Google images. I personally assume that most people in council housing can’t afford to buy a property, but maybe they actually love the view/area/neighbours. You shouldn’t assume anything that will upset someone.


  11. Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

    My assumption is that i thought that when i was little was that stoical housing hopped if you can afford to live near your family and so someone gives you a home near your family.

    #Priceless Bunnie

  12. Hi everyone,

    I’d just like to point out that to be eligible for social housing you must earn under a certain amount and not have alternative housing available. Lots of people in full time employment would be in a position to apply for social housing, especially in places where housing is incredibly expensive- like in London. Local authorities must give preference to those most in need, but don’t forget that lots of different people in different situations may be in social housing.

    – Tiff @ The Foundation

  13. St Gregory's Catholic Primary School St Gregory's Catholic Primary School

    I think that might be a bar of soap shaped like an orange because it could be anything. I think this because i am not seeing it in real life.
    By Greencat

  14. St Gregory's Catholic Primary School St Gregory's Catholic Primary School

    It could be a tangerine. Or an orange! I don’t know!
    By Greencat

  15. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    i think that social housing for people is when they don’t have enough money at the moment and rent a house from someone to get them back on there feet. and the BNC argues with most of the comments others make on this problem.

  16. YOU should think before you say, write or act.
    YOU can make positive changes and YOU can be aware.

    Genie Pig

  17. St Mary's and St John's Church of England School St Mary's and St John's Church of England School

    I think its not fair that more houses aren’t being built when the government gets a crazy amount of money by millions of people.

    Ferrari spies