Conflict and its consequences

Our free teaching resources look at the impact of conflict and help young people to understand the laws which help to protect people in conflict zones.

Explore conflict and its consequences with our free lesson plans, ideal for History and Citizenship teachers.

Get primary and secondary teaching ideas about:

  • past and present-day conflicts, such as World War One or the conflict in Syria
  • the rules of war and what constitutes a violation of International Humanitarian Law
  • the humanitarian impact of conflict, and what it might be like to live in a war zone
  • how people like aid workers, child soldiers and prisoners of war are affected by conflict.
safe learning environment

Age: 5-19

Type: Teacher briefing

Subjects: PSHE, Citizenship

Create a safe and inclusive learning environment that support your pupils to explore sensitive or challenging content in engaging and safe ways.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
Syrian medical staff learn how to treat people in a chemical weapons attack.

Age: 11–19

Type: Lesson plan, Newsthink

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Secondary PSHE activities on chemical weapons and international humanitarian law.

  • Conflict
  • Newsthink
A group of teenage girls bully another girl.

Age: 11-16

Type: Teaching briefing, activities

Subjects: Citizenship

Consider how to defuse tension and reduce conflict in difficult situations.

  • Conflict
A boy holding an aid parcel.

Age: 7-19

Type: Teacher briefing

Subjects: Cross-curricular

A handy glossary of some of the words that commonly appear in our online teaching resources.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
WWI Operation Ouch

Age: 7-11

Type: Teaching package, film

Subjects: History

Help children explore the impact of World War One on those affected through a series of curriculum-linked lesson plans.

  • Conflict
Rules of war

Age: 14-19

Type: Lesson plan, video

Subjects: Citizenship, PSHE

Use these thought-provoking activities to help young people explore International Humanitarian Law and how it is applied in situations of armed conflict.

  • Conflict
Justice and fairness

Age: 14-16

Type: Teaching package

Subjects: Citizenship

Explore issues of justice and fairness through the lens of international humanitarian law.

  • Conflict
A child soldier

Age: 14-19

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: Citizenship

Lesson plan exploring child soldiers and how some armies and militias forcibly recruit young people into armed conflict.

  • Conflict
Soldiers in the trenches in WWI.

Age: 14-19

Type: Lesson plan, video

Subjects: Citizenship, Drama, English

Learn more about World War One and what it might have been like to “go over the top” using an impactful film to explore the humanitarian impact of armed conflict.

  • Conflict
Teaching Resources - Photo quiz 2017

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan, photos, quiz

Subjects: PSHE, Citizenship

Look back over the news events of 2017 with this topical photo quiz.

  • Refugees and migration
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Conflict