Ofsted recognises Global Learning in its latest Inspection guidelines to schools: “Every child growing up in the UK should have the chance to learn about the world around them, the facts of poverty and underdevelopment, and about the potential to build a freer and more prosperous world.”  Ofsted School Inspection update p8-9 December 2015.  Join the Global learning Programme today at and we can help you enrich your curriculum, develop critical thinking and foster values such as respect and empathy.

The Global Learning Programme (GLP) for England is a programme of support for schools that can help enhance teaching and learning about global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3.  It has six core aims:

  • To help young people understand their role in a globally-interdependent world and explore strategies by which they can make it more just and sustainable;
  • To familiarise them with concepts of interdependence, development, globalisation and sustainability;
  • To move them from a charity mentality to a social justice mentality;
  • To stimulate critical thinking about global issues both at a whole school and at pupil level;
  • To promote greater awareness of poverty and sustainability;
  • To enable schools to explore alternative models of development and sustainability in the classroom.

The GLP focuses on developing pupil’s knowledge and understanding of global challenges through subject-based learning in key curriculum areas. It helps pupils to think critically about the issues, and develop skills and values as they consider actions that they and others can take to overcome them.

Key features of the GLP

  • A free peer-led locally-based programme of support to enhance teaching about global issues and whole school approaches to global learning;
  • £500 worth of e-credits which schools can use to pay for CPD from approved providers, alongside a searchable database of CPD providers;
  • A specialised online audit tool for schools to highlight current global learning strengths and areas of priority;
  • An individualised action plan for schools to understand how they might enhance future global learning provision;
  • Curriculum guidance to support global learning in key subject areas (English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Science, RE and Citizenship) at KS2 and KS3;
  • Easily-accessible and approved resources available to support classroom teaching and whole-school global learning initiatives;
  • An online tool to assess students’ global learning;
  • Opportunities for teachers to become accredited GLP Lead Practitioners and for schools to become accredited GLP Expert Centres.

In Dorset, Beechcroft St Pauls Primary and St Andrew’s Primary in Weymouth, as well as St Mary’s Primary, Bridport, and St Luke’s Primary, Bournemouth, are Expert Centres acting as hubs to provide local, peer-led training and support for teachers in their partner schools. This will involve hosting half-termly support meetings to help them to identify each school’s particular training priorities and access the most appropriate professional development through the GLP website to meet their needs. Each Expert Centre is actively seeking Partner Schools to work with for this first phase of the GLP. All you have to do is sign up your school through the GLP website.  There is an up to date GLP information leaflet available.

The Global Learning Programme is funded by the Department for International Development and is managed by a consortium of leading global learning and educational organisations: Pearson (lead), Geographical Association, Institute of Education, Oxfam UK, Royal Geographical Society, SSAT and Think Global. The programme runs from 2013 to 2017.

Further details are available from the central GLP team at:



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Many of DEED’s CPD courses are accredited by the GLP and support schools within the programme.  For details visit the GLP CPD Calendar.

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