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.


A girl comforts a boy while they wait for help to arrive.

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan, teaching package, videos

Subjects: Citizenship, PSHE, Science

Help students develop the skills and confidence to help when someone is in need of first aid.

  • First aid and the bystander effect
Group of young teenagers holding a discussion in a circle.

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: Citizenship, PSHE

Support young people to discuss and explore their emotions following news of a major emergency.

  • Disasters and emergencies
Child smiling by aid boxes

Age: 11-14

Type: Lesson plan, videos

Subjects: PSHE

Explore the concept of humanitarianism and what it means to be human.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
Adults listening during workshop

Age: 14-16

Type: Teaching package

Subjects: Citizenship

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

  • Conflict
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
  • Newsthink
Children standing in the aftermath of an earthquake

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
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
Disasters Emergency Committee

Age: 11-19

Type: Teacher briefing, quick activity

Subjects: Citizenship, PSHE

Learn about what the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is and how it helps in times of crisis.

  • Disasters and emergencies
Humanitarian aid distribution in Homs, Syria.

Age: 14-19

Type: Lesson plan, video

Subjects: Citizenship

A lesson plan about the principle of humanitarianism that guides the work of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

  • Humanitarianism and the Red Cross