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.


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

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan, Photo

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Help young people talk about the attack on Manchester Arena in May 2017 and explore the roles of practical help and emotional support.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
Syrian refugees and other volunteers fill sandbags to stem flood water in York city centre, December 2015.

Age: 11-16

Type: Lesson plan, video

Subjects: Citizenship, SMSC

Help learners see refugees as “someone like me” to build mutual respect and empathy and build a shared future.

  • Refugees and migration
  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
A cartoon taken from the graphic novel Over Under Sideways Down.

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan, images

Subjects: PSHE, Citizenship, Geography

Explore identity, the feeling of isolation and the value of friendship by looking at a comic book about a refugee’s story.

  • Refugees and migration
Vietnamese artist Hong Dam.

Age: 14-19

Type: Lesson plan, images

Subjects: Citizenship, PSHE, Art and design

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

  • Refugees and migration
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
Two young women embracing amid the rubble of a ruined building.

Age: 11-16

Type: Quick activity, photo

Subjects: PSHE

Explore a photograph of two sisters reunited after a devastating airstrike in Syria.

  • Conflict
Natural disasters - Earthquakes

Age: 11-19

Type: Teaching package, images, videos, case studies

Subjects: Geography

Explore how individuals and communities prepare for and respond to life-changing natural disasters and learn how the Red Cross helps communities recover and build resilience.

  • Disasters and emergencies
Primary children drawing together.

Age: 5-19

Type:

Key dates and awareness days to help plan your lessons.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
A group of young people talking seriously in a classroom.

Age: 11-16

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE

Help learners to develop their resilience as they consider how to act in different situations.

  • Disasters and emergencies