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Newsthink is our free, topical email for teachers which looks at news stories from a humanitarian perspective.

The regular teaching resource is packed full of ideas for teachers on how to help young people explore current affairs and the world around them, using real-life examples from the news to prompt discussion and encourage understanding.

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Cape Town water shortage

Topic: Disasters and emergencies
Age: 11–16
Subject: PSHE
Discuss how to adapt to water shortages and support those who need help.

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False alarm

24 Jan 2018

Topic: Disasters and emergencies
Age: 11–16
Subject: PSHE
Think about how people might react following urgent instructions to seek shelter.

Family members inspect their a home covered in mud following the mudslides in Montecito

Mudslide California

24 Jan 2018

Topic: Disasters and emergencies
Age: 11–16
Subject: PSHE
Discuss how best to support someone who has been through a traumatic experience.

A pilot flying a plane

Aviation and clear communication

24 Jan 2018

Topic: Disasters and emergencies
Age: 11–16
Subject: PSHE
A fun activity to discuss and practise safe and clear communication.

Two girls embracing amid the rubble of a ruined building

Syria: Reunited after damage

24 Jan 2018

Topic:Conflict and consequences
Age:11–16
Subject:PSHE
Consider the feelings of two girls reunited after a devastating air strike in Syria.

Syrian refugee Ammar Hammasho kisses his childrens hands through the fence at the refugee camp in Cyprus

Photo quiz 2017

06 Dec 2017

Topic: Refugees and Migration, Disasters, Conflict
Age: 11–19
Subject: PSHE, Citizenship, Tutor time
Reflect on the past year with this thoughtful and engaging photo quiz.

Cars in the snow

Winter journey

16 Nov 2017

Topic: Disasters and emergencies
Age: 11–19
Subject: PSHE
Think about how to prepare for winter weather and who might need help.

Ed Sheeran with a broken arm

Ed Sheeran, Shape of Him

16 Nov 2017

Topic: First aid
Age: 11–16
Subject: PSHE
Learn about the first aid skill for someone with a broken bone and consider how they might feel and what their needs might be.

Hundreds of Rohingya people arrive by boats in the safety of darkness on September 26 2017 on Shah Porir Dwip island Bangladesh

Fleeing violence in Myanmar

11 Oct 2017

Topic: Conflict and its consequences
Age: 11–19
Subject: PSHE
Consider the people affected by the violence in Myanmar and discuss what their needs might be.

A man lies collapsed in a bank

Bystander or lifesaver?

11 Oct 2017

Topic: First aid and the bystander effect
Age: 11–19
Subject: Citizenship
Discuss a real-life example of people not helping someone in a first-aid emergency.

Person using an auto injector

Severe allergic reactions

11 Oct 2017

Topic: First aid and the bystander effect
Age: 11–19
Subject: PSHE
Learn how to recognise the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction and how to help.

A Texas National Guardsman carries a resident from her flooded home following Hurricane Harvey

Flood responses

13 Sep 2017

Topic: Disasters and emergencies
Age: 11–19
Subject: PSHE, Citizenship, Tutor time
Think about who would need help and what ordinary citizens can do during a flood.

A woman wears a shirt supporting Grenfell tower victims during the Notting Hill Carnival in west London

Supporting Grenfell

13 Sep 2017

Topic: Disasters and emergencies
Age: 11–19
Subject: PSHE, Citizenship, Tutor time
Consider how people and communities can help each other after such a terrible event.

The cellist Vedran Smajlović playing in the partially destroyed National Library in Sarajevo in 1992 during the Balkans war

Music quiz 2017

13 Jul 2017

Topic: Disasters and emergencies, Refugees and Migration, Conflict
Age: 11–19
Subject: PSHE, Citizenship
Learn how music helps people in difficult times.

Police officers and members of the emergency services attend to a person injured in a terror attack on London Bridge in central London on 3rd June 2017

London Bridge attack

14 Jun 2017

Topic: Disasters and emergencies
Age: 14–19
Subject: PSHE, Citizenship
Explore how acting with humanity can make a difference to people affected by an attack.

Parkour coach Ibrahim al-Kadiri and Muhannad al-Kadiri demonstrate their skills amid damaged buildings in the city of Inkhil in Syria

Parkour and surfer survival

13 Jun 2017

Topic: Refugees and migration, Conflict, First aid
Age: 14–19
Subject: PSHE, Citizenship
Find out about young Syrians practising the extreme sport Parkour in Syria.

People hold placards as they take part in a vigil for the victims of an attack on concert goers at Manchester Arena 23rd May 2017

Manchester attack: support for young people

24 May 2017

Topic: Disasters and emergencies
Age: 11–19
Subject: PSHE, Citizenship, Media Studies
Consider how the public helped each other after the Manchester attack.

Red cross staff helping mothers and children in Badanrero

East Africa facing hunger

20 Apr 2017

Topic: Disasters and emergencies
Age: 14–19
Subject: Citizenship, Geography
Activities for approaching the current crises in East Africa and Yemen.

Protestors demonstrate at Los Angeles International Airport on 29 January in response to a US ban on all refugees and people from several countries

Welcome fellow humans

08 Feb 2017

Topic: Refugees and migration
Ages: 11–16
Subject: PSHE, Geography
Explore the emotional impact on those affected by the ban on refugees.

Girl among group of other students

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Person being treated by ambulance personnel after an attack in Westminster

Westminster attack

24 Mar 2017

Topic: Disasters and emergencies, First aid
Age: 14–19
Subject: PSHE, Citizenship
Share feelings about the Westminster attack and consider how to respond in an emergency.

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