Members of the Rethinking Security network are developing educational materials for use in schools, colleges and other learning environments.  Please feel free to use these materials with your learners and send us your feedback.

NEW! Primary School assembly resources for Upper Key Stage 2

This 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 resource is participatory and seeks to empower children to process for themselves what security means and what priorities for building security could be. It introduces the Rethinking Security Competition as a way to give space and a platform for their voices on this topic.

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)]

Coming soon: What is security? Curriculum materials for lower secondary learners

We are also working with educators to trial a resource pack of curriculum materials for use by students aged 11-14 years.

The trial pack is available to download here.

If you are an educator and would like to participate in the trial, please get in touch via

Useful resources for use with young people

Primary level resources on food security and sustainable development:

Lesson plans for 14–17 year olds on armed conflict, the arms trade, how positive change happens, militarism (conflict – are you buying it?), and campaigning.

Links to resources on the conflict in the Middle East; peace, conflict and security; Syria; drone warfare and refugees and the arms trade:

Climate change class activities and other resources:

Resources on environmental sustainability and protecting the planet:

Human rights and justice resources:

Budget for a Safer World Lesson:

Peace Education Network:

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