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.


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
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
Helicopter landing

Age: 7-19

Type: Quick activity

Subjects: PSHE

Teaching ideas which help learners explore the phonetic alphabet, as used by the International Civil Aviation Authority.

  • Disasters and emergencies
The Red Cross and Red Crescent Emblems

Age: 11-16

Type: Assembly

Subjects: Citizenship, PSHE

A role-play assembly exploring the meaning of the Red Cross, Red Crescent and Red Crystal emblems, especially in conflict situations.

  • 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
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
Child's drawing

Age: 14-16

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: Art and design, Citizenship, Drama

Explore the welcome shown to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and encourage learners to consider the impact of being welcoming on those arriving in the UK.

  • Refugees and migration
Young people having a serious discussion

Age: All

Type:

Talking about terrorist attacks with students

  • Disasters and emergencies