CND Peace Education: Active Learning for & about Peace

CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) Peace Education: Active Learning for & about Peace



CND campaigns non-violently to achieve British nuclear disarmament and to secure an international Nuclear Weapons Convention which will ban nuclear weapons globally, as chemical and biological weapons have been banned.

CND Peace Education empowers young people with knowledge on peace and nuclear issues. We do not campaign in schools. We support students to make their own decisions through active and co-operative learning.

We have a range of free teaching resources with full curriculum links and lesson plans. We also provide free teacher training and continuing professional development workshops. We deliver free workshops in schools across England (travel expenses may be requested) and have an extensive fully trained volunteer network.

Our resources are free to download from our website, where you can also request hard copies.

Here is an overview of the resources available at

The Bomb Factor:

A range of activities and lessons plans on the topic of nuclear weapons that complement the curriculum in numerous ways. From a timeline activity of a nuclear explosion to students putting on creative performances summarising different states views on nuclear weapons this resource will “captivate a restless class and it’s great for pupils who like to learn on their feet. There’s no time for fidgeting or boredom here” (Times Educational Supplement). This resource was awarded with the Association for Citizenship Teaching’s Quality Mark in 2016.

Under Pressure:

This resource enables students to create their own mock pressure group about any issue that they choose. Through active learning students find out how pressure groups work, and how they operate. Students can also consider how pressure groups can be successful. Under Pressure was also awarded the Association for Citizenship Teaching’s Quality Mark in 2016.

“The students really enjoy working in large groups and being assigned particular roles. The session is broken up into manageable parts and there is a clear focus throughout.” (Luke, Sociology Teacher).

Sadako’s Peace Cranes:

The inspiring story of a young girl who attempted to make 1000 origami cranes (birds) as a sign of peace after the Hiroshima bomb. Most inspiring is the determination of her friends to make a memorial to all the children affected by the bombs – a great example of active citizenship! The resource can be used in English/Literacy as the story provides much opportunity for discussion, drama and debate.

Truman on Trial:

This activity pack enables students to participate in a mock trial of President Truman asking if he was justified or not justified in dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The students take the parts of defence and prosecution barristers, witnesses for each side and the jury. Another lesson activity is a carousel event learning about sources of information from the time enable students to think critically and explore issues surrounding spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of learning.

“I highly recommend this resource for all teachers, but with particular focus for those within the subjects of Citizenship, History, Drama, English and Religious Education, or developing their teaching practice.” (Hans Svennevig, Teacher Trainer)

Dial M for Missile:

An exploration of themes around the Cuban Missile Crisis. This resource contains a number of activities to bring this historic event to life in the classroom. With lesson plans on code-making, the peace movement and the arms race this cross-curricular resource uses active learning techniques to shed light on the Cold War.

“Dial M for Missile is a sensitive, factual and engaging resource that deals with issues surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Students enjoyed the process of learning very difficult concepts in a meaningful ways. Lessons provided time for reflection and discussion as well as a clear structure to guide less experienced trainers. I was impressed by the quality of resources and the very practical nature of delivery. The series of lessons provided useful during GCSE history and citizenship lessons and have application to a wider range of topics. The booklet has direct and clear links to British values and SMSC, an excellent and useful tool for the classroom” (Sera Shortland, Citizenship Co-ordinator.)

Teachers in England can also request free workshops or assemblies for their schools, based on the above resources as well as the current debate around the replacement of Trident in the UK.

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