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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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In the latest editions

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.

Members of the public paying respect to those affected by the Manchester bombing

Manchester and London attacks

02 Jun 2017

Topic: Disasters and emergencies
Age: 5–11
Subject: PSHE
Help children explore their emotions following news of a traumatic event.

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.

Person being treated by ambulance personnel after an attack in Westminster

Westminster attacks

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.

House on fire in Oxfordshire

Fires, quakes and drones

15 Mar 2017

Topic: Disasters and emergencies
Age: 14–19
Subject: PSHE, Citizenship
Think about how we can respond to and prepare for an emergency.

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.

A penguin walks along a frozen beach

Winter weather

25 Jan 2017

Topic: Disasters and emergencies
Ages: 7–14
Subject: PSHE
Solve problems, help others and practise skills associated with winter weather.

Girl among group of other students

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