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Recent events such the attack in Westminster on 22 March 2017 or the multiple attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015 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.


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.
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.
Run, Hide, Tell - Advice to the public on the steps they can take to keep themselves safe in the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack can be found on the Police Scotland website.