We have created a list of links to resources and possible themes to introduce the topic or important historic figures to investigate. There are numerous literary opportunities on these topics, as well as films like “The Theory Of Everything” and “Imitation Game” that take a biographical approach to people in modern history.

Please note we are aware that in some international settings, teaching some of these topics may not be applicable.


Nelson Mandela

To Kill a mocking bird (by Harper Lee)

Teaching tollerance classroom resources (by tolerance.org)

Race us history (by facinghistory.org)


9 Classroom Activities About Politics (by teachhub.com)

Teacher resources and lesson plans on politics (by parliament.uk)

Gender identity

Lesson Plans for teaching about sexual and gender diversity in Thailand

Making classroom inclusive (by safeschoolscoalition.org.au)

Marriage equality (by psychology.org.au)


Robin Williams

Suicide: facts and figurs (by samaritans.org)

Mental health

Young Minds (youngminds.org.uk)

Teaching Guidance on Mental Health (by pshe-association.org.uk)


Slavery today (by endslaverynow.org)

What Learning About Slavery Can Teach Us About Ourselves (by tolerance.org)

Extremism and Terrorism

Talking about terrorist attacks with students (by redcross.org.uk)

Q&A on understanding extremism (by educateagainsthate.com)

Global Acts of Unity

Prevention of violent extremism (by unesco.org)

Addressing extremism and radicalisation (by pshe-association.org.uk)

Prevent and schools (by lbhf.gov.uk)

Hate Crimes

Information on hate crimes (by brandontrust.org)

Why me (by why-me.org)

Why me (by why-me.org)


History of Torture (by tortureum.com)


Stories that matter (by mariestopes.org.uk)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

10 Education resources on FGM (by amnesty.org.uk)

KS3 FGM lesson (by pshe-association.org.uk)


Lesson plan on unhealthy and abusive relationships (by edu.gov.mb.ca)

Abusive relationships (by kidshealth.org)

Rape & Sexual violence

The girl with the dragon tattoo (book by Stieg Larsson)

Dealing with sexual violence: a guide for teachers (by educationsupportpartnership.org.uk)

Domestic violence

Save Lives (savelives.org.uk)


Strategies for Protecting Kids from Sexual Predators (by kidspower.org)

Teaching Skills to Prevent Sexual Abuse (by childmind.org)

Drugs and alcohol

Various Lesson Plans and Activity (by teens.drugabuse.gov)

Teaching Drug and Alcohol Education with Confidence (by pshe-association.org.uk)


Steven Hawking

Scope: About disability (scope.org.uk)


Lesson plans and resources (by dyingmatters.org)