Resources to support classroom conversations about Ukraine

A number of resources are available to help school staff talk to children and young people about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Department for Education, Children’s Commissioner, Childline and this very magazine has published articles offering insights and advice.

A blog from the DfE covers how to talk about distressing news stories and how to spot inaccurate information.

The blog signposts the Educate Against Hate website, which offers a range of resources relating to conflict and difficult conversations including a blog from Tom Bigglestone, a former head of humanities, who encourages teachers to:

Mr Bigglestone has also written in Headteacher Update on the topic of how to talk to students about the news (2021). In the article, he expands on the advice above, offering 10 tips, including focusing on what students know and engaging with parents too.

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