What we offer

Our Next skills share workshop will be:

Rethinking Security

This workshop will share resources for encouraging young people to explore the concept of security from an individual, societal and global perspective. The resources encourage 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. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about and give feedback on available education materials and an ongoing competition on this topic for 10-18 year olds, and to consider how this project can be promoted and developed. The resources have been developed by ForcesWatch and Quakers in Britain for the Rethinking Security Group.

It will be faciliated by Rhianna of Forces Watch and Ellis of QPSW

The workshop will be held at CRESST in Sheffield, on Monday 2 July at 2pm.

Contact Matt to book your free place.

About Our Workshops: 

PEN hosts a skills share workshop three times a year open for education professionals each one exploring a different aspect, strategy, or skill of peace education. All are welcome to the skills share, we ask you to contact the chair beforehand just to keep track of numbers. Previous Skills Share Workshops have included:

  • Rewriting the Headlines
  • The Foundation for Peace
  • Eyewitness in the Classroom
  • Dial M for Missile
  • Fly Kites Not Drones
  • Exploring the reality of military life
  • Over the Top: A dramatic response to militarisation in education
  • Is there a problem with military in education?
  • Inspiring a New Generation of Activists
  • Building a School for Peace
  • Peace Education and the Centenary of World War One
  • How can we achieve social change without violence?
  • Peace and Human Rights
  • Conflict Resolution Education
  • Youth Refusing Violence
  • Pressure Groups
  • Conflict Resolution Using Drama Techniques
Please see the About Us page for more information about the different member organisations and the services they offer and their areas of interest.

Free to Download Resources

CND Peace Education Resources

The Bomb Factor Pack

  • Contains 6 lesson plans exploring peace and nuclear issues
  • Covers English, Citizenship, Religious Studies, Science, History and Politics at Key Stages 3 to 5
  • All based on active and cooperative learning

Sadako’s Cranes for Peace

  • Explores the story of a little girl who tried to make 1000 origami cranes as a sign of peace after the Hiroshima bomb
  • Aimed at Key Stage 2 and 3. Covers English, Citizenship, Religious Studies and Art & Design
  • Contains the story, lesson plans, literacy activities and instructions to make the cranes

Under Pressure: How Pressure Groups Operate

  • CND is given as an example of a pressure group and young people are encouraged to build their own campaign on an issue they feel strongly about
  • Aimed at Key Stage 4 and 5 for Citizenship, Politics and English
  • Contains 3 lesson plans and additional materials

Truman on Trial

  • Contains 3 main lesson plans and a range of resources empowering students to create a mock trial of President Truman to investigate whether he was justified or not justified in the dropping on atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • Covers English, Citizenship, Religious Studies and History
  • All based on active and cooperative learning.

Dial M for Missile

  • Seven innovative and cross-curricular lesson plans on the Cold War, particularly the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Highly relevant History, Citizenship, Politics, and English
  • Includes a role-play strategy game, a drama activity on Civil Defence, and lots more, with multiple opportunities to compare and contrast to the world situation today

All of these resources are here.

Pax Christi Resources

General RE Peace Scheme of Work

  • A scheme of work to slot into any Catholic Sixth Form College’s General RE programme it enables the learner to think critically about the theology and scripture that inform Christian work for peace.

A Story of Remarkable Faith

  • This workshop explores the life and witness of Franz Jägerstätter and what his story can teach us about the Christian vocation to peacemaking.

These and other Pax Christi peace education resources can be found here.

Quaker Peace and Social Witness resources

Conscience (primary/lower secondary)

  • A WW1 critical thinking project. More information here

Conviction (secondary)

  • A WW1 critical thinking project. More information here

Women in WW1 (secondary)

Forces Watch resources

ForcesWatch resources include overviews of the UK military’s influence in schools; a short film exploring teenagers varying views on the Cadets; and reports questioning the armed forces visits to – and provision of learning resources to – schools. Workshop guides for schools coming soon

These ForcesWatch materials can be found here

Peacemakers (WMQPEP) Resources

Free Citizenship “Creative Conflict Handling” CD Rom

Interactive videos explore a wide range of conflicts that young people may encounter, and explores strategies for responding positively and creatively. Lesson plans are included.

Available from peacemakers. Contact peacemakers for a free copy.


Education Packs

  • The nuclear weapons debate
  • Nuclear explosions
  • Trident
  • Pressure Groups

Each pack contains a three minute video, a resource booklet, and a variety of challenges and activities. They link with a wide variety of curriculum areas.

To download them or request a free DVD visit Scottish CND Peace Education

Peacemaker Briefings:

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Recommended Books/DVDs

Peace Education: Academic

SHAPIRO, H. (2010) Educating Youth for a World Beyond Violence: A Pedagogy for Peace (Education, Politics and Public Life) NY: Palgrave Macmillan

BAJAJ, M. (ed.) (2008) Encyclopedia of Peace Education. Charlotte: Information Age.

Peace Education: Practical

KELSEY, FRY AND DHILLON 2010 The Rax Active Citizenship Toolkit New Internationalist Publications Ltd

Peace: General

GALTUNG, J AND Jacobsen, C. (2002) Searching for Peace: The Road to TRANSCEND (Critical Peace Studies: Peace by Peaceful Means Transcend) Pluto Press

Peer Mediation

CREMIN, C. (2007) Peer Mediation: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in Action Open University Press

Restorative Approaches in Education

HOPKINS, B. 2003 Just Schools: A Whole School Approach to Restorative Justice Jessica Kingsley

HOPKINS, B.2011 The Restorative Classroom Optimus Education