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Events such the September 11 attack on the United States in 2001 or the attempted attack on Glasgow airport in June 2007 illustrate the impact of terrorism both globally and locally.

While it can be a sensitive subject, studying the causes and effects of terrorism allows wider discussion of issues such as prejudice and discrimination as well as challenging assumptions about religious groupings and sectarianism.

Find out about the role your school has in safeguarding young people from the risks of violent extremism.

Watch a video in which Superintendent George Denholm discusses how learning and teaching about terrorism can make individuals and society more robust and resilient.

Contexts for learning

Investigating terrorism and its potential impact provides a context for learning and teaching about aspects of risk, safety, preparation, community involvement and personal responsibility.

There are strong curriculum links to science, modern studies, business studies, social sciences and religious and moral education.

Learning how to prepare for and respond to terrorist activity can also help students develop effective communication, collaboration and problem solving skills.

PDF file: Curriculum links - Terrorism (377 KB)

Opportunities for partnership working

Potential candidates for partnership working in this area include your local police force and members of the wider emergency services.



History of terrorism - Learning journey

This learning journey looks at the history of terrorism, its definition, causes and effects. It is accompanied by a range of fact sheets including 'Terrorism through the ages' and 'Causes of terrorism'.

Counter terrorism - Learning journey

This learning journey focuses on counter terrorism strategies that the UK governments have in place, particularly for the London 2012 Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Prejudice and discrimination - Learning journey

This learning journey considers how our prejudices might affect our views of terrorists and terrorism. Learners investigate human behaviour, including the tendency to put people into groups or categories.

Useful links

You might find the following links useful when studying terrorism in the context of emergency planning and resilience education.

Ready Scotland - Terrorism: Information about preparing for, preventing and dealing with the consequences of a terrorist act in Scotland.
Home Office - Counter-terrorism: Find out about CONTEST, the UK counter-terrorism strategy, and the current threat level of terrorism.
Information and critical literacy: Free online materials to help children and young people develop the study skills and information literacy they need in order to become independent learners and develop their full potential as individuals, citizens and workers in the 21st century.
Them and us: This video has been created in an effort to raise awareness amongst young people of the effects of hate crime and in particular crimes aggravated by religious prejudice.
Guardian - 11 September 2001: Browse reports and videos from the Guardian about the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington DC on 11 September 2001.
British Red Cross - Quick activity - What is terrorism?: This activity asks learners to consider their use of the word 'terrorist'.
British Red Cross - Global Lines (PDF file): A teaching resource that introduces secondary school students to concepts of global citizenship.