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What topics do British Red Cross teaching resources cover?


What is humanitarian education?


What themes do you cover?


Who can use British Red Cross teaching resources?


Are British Red Cross teaching materials protected by copyright?


How are British Red Cross teaching resources funded?


Why do you spend money on producing educational content?


Why does the British Red Cross think all young people should learn first aid?


I don’t have any first aid experience. Can I still teach first aid?


Can British Red Cross educators visit our school/youth group?


What else does the British Red Cross offer for teachers?


How can my school get involved in fundraising for the British Red Cross?


How else can young people get involved with the British Red Cross?


What topics do British Red Cross teaching resources cover?

Our free online teaching resources for 6–19-year-olds help children and young people to better understand the world around them.

Our resources focus on the following five themes, which are all related to our humanitarian work:


What is humanitarian education?

It is a way of learning about and understanding the world and our place in it. It is centrally concerned with our shared humanity. At the core of humanitarian action and thinking is a desire to contribute to saving lives and reducing suffering.

Humanitarian education invites exploration of humanitarian actions and values. It helps children and young people examine what motivates people, including themselves, considering local, national and global perspectives.

One important strand of humanitarian education is learning about international humanitarian law. Sometimes known as the laws of war, some might know them as the Geneva Conventions. Learning about the conventions and thinking about why we have laws governing acts of armed conflict between people is a good way into humanitarian education. Activities help young people explore ideas through dilemmas, consequences and respect for life and human dignity.


What themes do you cover?

British Red Cross teaching resources enable children and young people to understand, cope with and respond to crises that impact local and global communities.

Online resources focus on the following themes:

  • humanitarianism
  • disasters and emergencies
  • first aid
  • stigmatising behaviour
  • conflict and its consequences

They include a range of formats (such as lesson plans, assembly ideas, videos, photos, quizzes and other quick activities) to build skills such as communication, critical thinking, working with others and taking action.


Who can use British Red Cross teaching resources?

If you are a teacher, youth worker or other educator, you are freely and warmly encouraged to use the materials and:

  • experiment with them
  • adapt them for your group
  • share them with others.

Are British Red Cross teaching materials protected by copyright?

Yes. We ask that you respect our fundamental principles if you are using our teaching resources in the context of learning about the Red Cross, and also basic academic conventions, such as not:

  • deleting the source of the materials
  • inaccurately quoting from the materials
  • passing the materials off as something else.

*Programmes are subject to availability and eligibility criteria.


How are British Red Cross teaching resources funded?

The materials are largely paid for through British Red Cross general funds, with small pots of money from funders (including trusts and corporate donors) to help us develop particular projects.


Why do you spend money on producing educational content?

We put people in crisis at the heart of everything we do. Through education, we aim to increase individual and community resilience by building children and young people’s ability to cope with and respond to a crisis.

We believe that, like all charities, we have a duty and commitment to:

  • explain what we do by setting out our values and principles
  • share what we know and to contribute to the education of the upcoming generation.

Why does the British Red Cross think all young people should learn first aid?

We think everybody should learn this valuable life skill, as knowing simple first aid can give young people the power to save a life.

First aid is not yet a statutory part of the school curriculum, but we think it should be.

Find out more about our first aid advocacy work


I don’t have any first aid experience. Can I still teach first aid?

Yes, first aid is simple to teach and easy to learn and remember.

We offer two first aid learning packages:

  • Life. Live It. (suitable for 6–11-year-olds) – our primary resource teaches children essential first aid skills in a fun way through films, quizzes and worksheets.
  • First aid learning for young people (suitable for 11–19-year-olds) – our secondary resource explores 16 first aid skills through inspiring films, images, skill guides, quizzes, role plays and activities.

Can British Red Cross educators visit our school/youth group?

We have identified areas where young people are at higher risk of experiencing a crisis. In these areas, Red Cross educators can deliver free group workshops to children and young people aged 10–19 that aim to help young people:

  •  learn first aid skills 

    and/or

  • explore the impact of stigmatising behaviour towards refugees, migrants and asylum seekers.

Find out more about our free education workshops.

What else does the British Red Cross offer for teachers?

  • Sign up to our emails to receive Newsthink, a topical teaching resource based on what’s in the news, plus updates about our latest resources and ideas for teaching topics related to our work.
  • Follow our Pinterest board for inspirational teaching ideas.
  • Use our calendar of awareness days and events to plan topical, engaging lessons around key dates.
  • Request a free teaching pack, which includes a print copy of our teaching guide, a poster and a pen.

How can my school get involved in fundraising for the British Red Cross?

Our BIG RED fundraising pack is bursting with fun ideas on how to raise money for the Red Cross.


Whether your school is looking for something simple or more of a challenge, the pack is full of ideas developed by young people, for young people.


Download your BIG RED fundraising pack.


How else can young people get involved with the British Red Cross?

We have opportunities for 15–25-year-olds looking to try something new, from volunteering to work experience.


View opportunities for young people.