The NEU has collated resources from civil society organisations to support educators when teaching about war, conflict, or controversial global issues.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 and its ongoing bombardment of Ukrainian cities has left thousands dead and seen over 3 million refugees forced to flee Ukraine and seek refuge in neighbouring countries and further afield. Many UK students and their families will have been both directly and indirectly affected by these disturbing events.

Educators and school leaders should refer to the Department for Education’s political impartiality guidance which explains the existing statutory requirements, set out in Section 406 and Section 407 of the Education Act 1996, when approaching political issues in schools.

Discussing conflict impartially

Discussing conflict impartially with children and young people can be challenging. See Oxfam’s teaching guide for advice on creating safe, inclusive and supportive learning environments when discussing conflict or controversial issues.

Specific crises and issues

For resources pertaining to specific crises, the British Red Cross has a range of teaching resources, including on Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Myanmar. Resources are available for a range of age groups, and cover conflicts and its consequences, in addition to humanitarianism, refugees and migration.

For Israel / Palestine, view the NEU’s Conflict in the Middle East: issues for schools resource.

For a wider range of issues, including racism, antisemitism, and prejudice at pivotal moments in history, see Facing History’s resources. These resources aim to help students connect choices made in the past to those they will confront in their own lives.

Refugees and migration

Comprehensive guidance and teaching materials on refugees and migration are available from UNHCR. Resources are available for both primary and secondary education.

For information on creating a welcoming, inclusive school environment, use the NEU’s resources Welcoming Refugee Children to Your School and the Anti-Racism Framework for Schools.

Other useful materials on refugees, migration and other global issues include interactive stories from children around the world (Save the Children) and Forced to Flee (UNICEF UK), a teaching resource from on the global causes of displacement.