The Rethinking Security network is developing educational materials for schools, colleges and other learning environments. Please feel free to use these materials with your learners and send us your feedback.

Do we need to rethink security? A citizenship investigation

Drawing on numeracy, speaking and listening and critical thinking, learners begin by exploring the idea of security – what makes us safer and what makes us feel safe? They progress by evaluating and prioritising a range of risks that face us today including knife crime, climate change, and even spiders! All content and notes are included in the slide show.

Download from the TES site (and please leave a review there!)

Primary School assembly resources for Upper Key Stage 2


This participatory resource introduces the concept of security from an individual, societal and global perspective. It encourages children to think about what the causes of insecurity could be—such as poverty, injustice and climate change—and to understand that there are positive ways of building a safer, more secure world.

The Assembly Plan and Resource Sheets 1–3 have been grouped into one document; Resource Sheet 4 has been kept separate as this needs to be printed multiple times.

The resource was developed by Karenza Mahtani, a UKS2 Primary School teacher. Karenza has a degree in politics and experience of working with development and peacebuilding organisations, including campaigns on conflict mineral legislation and human trafficking.

To use this resource, download:

  1. Assembly Plan and Resource Sheets 1, 2 and 3 (Word, 1.5 MB)
  2. UKS2 Assembly Presentation (Powerpoint, 10 MB) [or as a PDF, 2 MB: UKS2 Assembly Presentation (PDF version)]

Other resources for use with young people

Ecological sustainability

Check out the climate change class activities and other resources from Practical Action and School Science, WWF‘s resources on protecting the planet, and primary-level resources on food security and sustainable development at the STEM learning site.

Armed conflict and militarism

Oxfam has produced lesson plans for 14–17 year olds on armed conflict, the arms trade, how positive change happens, militarism, and campaigning.

Reboot the Future and Amnesty have resources on the conflict in the Middle East; peace, conflict and security; Syria; drone warfare and refugees and the arms trade.

Human rights and justice

Educate Together and the Equality and Human Rights Commission both have resources on human rights.

Budget for a Safer World

And here’s a lesson plan covering a wide range of global issues, produced by the Quakers.

Peace Education Network

The Peace Education Network has a wide range of resources for all ages.

Can we help?

If you have any queries, please let us know: info@rethinkingsecurity.org.uk.

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