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.


Celebratory dance

Age: 7-11, 11-14

Type: Lesson plan, images

Subjects: PSHE

Activities to help learners consider identity, belonging and the impact stigma can have on refugee and migrant communities.

  • Refugees and migration
People in Haiti use a handmade ladder after a bridge has been destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan, photos

Subjects: Geography, PSHE

Explore the impact of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti one year on, and the importance of building resilience.

  • Disasters and emergencies
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
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
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
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
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
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
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