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.


An aid worker looks at the damage following the tsunami

Age: 11 - 16

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time, Geography

Discussion activities on the tsunami in Indonesia, using photos to consider what is being done to help.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink
A boat in the sea near some islands.

Age: 11 - 16

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Discover the survival story of a boy cast adrift in the ocean for 49 days.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink
People help after plane has crash-landed in the sea

Age: 11 - 16

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Discuss the story of an emergency landing and people coming to the rescue of others.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink
Extreme summer weather

Age: 11 - 16

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Discussion activities on extreme weather around the world and how to be prepared.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink
Thailand cave rescue

Age: 11 - 16

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Photo and discussion activities looking at coping skills and the story of the schoolboys trapped in a cave in Thailand.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink
Kerala floods

Age: 11 - 16

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Video and discussion activities focusing on the humanitarianism shown during the floods in Kerala, India.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink
Myanmar: A year from home

Age: 11 - 16

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE, Tutor time

Photo and discussion activities reviewing the Myanmar crisis one year on.

  • Conflict
  • Newsthink
First World War Volunteers

Age: 11 - 16

Type: Teaching package

Subjects: Citizenship, History

Teaching package of activities using the unique British Red Cross digitised volunteer archive and photographs, case studies and letters from the war.

  • Conflict