Secondary teaching resources

Our free teaching resources help young people aged 11 to 19 to examine the world around them from a humanitarian perspective and learn about topics related to the work of the Red Cross.

These curriculum-linked activities, session plans and teaching packages are ideal for subjects such as PSHE, Citizenship, Geography, History and informal learning time. Learners gain new perspectives, develop new life skills and develop understanding, values and critical thinking.


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
People help a man with a heavy bleed.

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan, Newsthink

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Look at different aspects of knife crime, including ways to avoid conflict and first aid for a heavy bleed.

  • First aid and the bystander effect
  • Newsthink
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
Positive images

Age: 11–19 

Type: Lesson plan, images

Subjects: PSHE, Citizenship, Geography

Teaching resource exploring positive images and videos about migration and development.

  • Refugees and migration
Young people working together at school

Age: 7-14

Type: Quick activity

Subjects: PSHE

A quick and fun PSHE activity to help learners gain awareness of the key aspects of emergencies.

  • Disasters and emergencies
The Long Road EP

Age: 14-19

Type: Lesson plan, audio, video

Subjects: English, SMSC

Celebrate the contributions of refugees to art and culture, and consider how it may feel to have to flee your country.

  • Refugees and migration
Cape Town Water Shortage

Age: 11-16

Type: Lesson plan, photo

Subjects: Geography, PSHE

Secondary PSHE teaching resource looking at the water shortage in Cape Town and how people cope with and adapt to drought.

  • Disasters and emergencies
Teaching-Resources-Humanitarianism-and-the-Red-Cross

Age: 14-19

Type: Lesson plan, video

Subjects: Citizenship, History

A lesson plan about humanitarianism and how it guides the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
A traffic jam in the snow.

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE

Consider how to be prepared for a journey disrupted by winter weather.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink
Two teenagers help their friend who is lying on the floor

Age: 14-19

Type: Lesson plan, video

Subjects: PSHE

Use our videos, lesson plans and practical resources to teach young people about alcohol and first aid.

  • First aid and the bystander effect