This series of secondary lesson plans (aimed at ages 11 to 16) from Parliament UK focuses on diversity and equality in the UK, looking at equality laws and how they have changed over time.
What happens when rights seem to conflict? This resource from UNICEF UK builds on pupils’ previous experience of working on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It encourages young people to develop concepts and skills that will improve their thinking about the nature of human rights.
Philosophy for Children, or P4C, is a teaching methodology that helps develop pupils’ critical thinking and enables them to engage with quite complex global issues.
Accrington Academy in Lancashire worked with local artists to tackle extremism, through an intensive programme of dialogue with students, reflecting on local and then wider world issues. This led to the creation of a public art installation and a Community Ambassador programme.
To what extent does developing critical literacy help students to ‘think differently’?
An influx of new immigrant families, due to a Gurkha regiment having been based locally, led Farnborough Grange Nursery and Infant Community School to develop work which combines the global dimension with community cohesion.
How do you encourage the very youngest pupils to take ownership of their own thinking and learning? Armathwaite Community First School in Cumbria uses Philosophy for Children to develop pupils’ thinking, understanding, and ability to articulate what they think.
These free teacher briefings from the British Red Cross are short, easy-to-read overviews covering a range of challenging topics. They give the background, modern relevance and significance to students, plus lesson ideas and activities.
MILieU is a set of 53 cards available as a paid-for PDF download, each with a topic or question for discussion printed on it, some with suggested activities to research further. They are designed to get students thinking, discussing and researching lots of different issues in society such as environmental sustainability, politics, sociology, moral judgement, enterprise, common sense, financial literacy, the law and more.
This free, regular email from the British Red Cross is an excellent resource for teachers wanting to include current affairs within their teaching. You can choose from a variety of content, which is ready to use and easily adaptable.