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CDEC is a small but beautiful organisation that offers fantastic training and support to schools, communities and other organisations in Cumbria. We also work with local education decision-makers to promote and advocate global learning. 

Scroll down to find out more about our up-and-coming events!


Come to The Big Global Learning Conference!

Join us at Rheged, near Penrith, on Monday 5 March at 9.15am for what we think will be a fabulous day of learning, sharing expertise and reflection on where next for global learning, with school children involvement too.

We are delighted to announce that the passionate global learning advocate and headteacher Alison Hooper will be our key-note speaker. She will be sharing her experiences of integrating global learning into her own Cheshire primary school in the context of the challenges schools and teachers face today.

Alison’s school is a GLP expert centre and she has developed a network of 40 partner schools and is in an ideal place to inspire us to develop our own network. You can learn more about Alison and her work on this video.

The power of story-telling, gender in the curriculum, understanding humanity in our society through Hidden Stories Shared Lives, and exploring well-being through the outdoors are just some of the exciting workshops that you will have a chance to attend.

At the end of the day, a discussion panel will take your questions on the future of global learning and how we can develop our network in Cumbria in particular and in the north in general.

The conference is being funded by GLP and there is no charge for attendance but you must book your place. If you have any questions, give us a call on 015394 31602 or email

We look forward to seeing you there!


Book on to our SAPERE Level 2a P4C course, 7 & 8 March

We are delighted to offer this fantastic opportunity for teachers in Cumbria to develop their P4C skills by signing up to our SAPERE accredited Level 2a course.  The course will run on 7 and 8 March this spring term and is facilitated by Jane Yates SAPERE registered trainer and primary teacher with Alison Allsop, SAPERE’s National Training Director.

This is the perfect opportunity for those with P4C Level 1 to expand their experience and repertoire and take their P4C to the next level.

The course is accredited through the national Global Learning Programme (GLP). So if your school is signed up to GLP you can access these courses for free by using your e-credits. If your school isn’t yet registered on the programme  you can do so here and get your e-credits!

You can find out more about the course and GLP e-credits here. To book your place, give us a call on 015394 31602 or email us at


Additional funds available for training

Extra e-credits (at least £500) are available for schools signed up with the Global Learning Programme!

Schools participating in the Global Learning Programme are now eligible for extra e-credits, even if you have already used existing credits.

You can spend the extra credits on the twilight CPD courses that we offer – have a look at our up and coming courses and find out more about how to request additional e-credits.

Courses must be booked by March 29th and attended by June 1st, 2018.


What we’re all about!

Cumbria Development Education Centre (CDEC) has been working since 1984 to inspire schools and local communities in Cumbria to engage with, understand and take responsibility for the world in which we all live and contribute to making it a fair and sustainable place. Read more

CDEC also offers a membership service to schools and, in return, schools can access our vast library of resource boxes and receive discounts on our range of CPD courses. We offer both

DEC also offers a membership service to schools and, in return, schools can access our vast library of resource boxes and receive discounts on our range of CPD courses. We offer both open courses and those that are tailored to the individual school. The tutors help teachers understand global learning and how they can implement this into the curriculum, with insight and practical activities.

CDEC is a member of the Consortium of Development Education Centres (CoDEC), a network of around 20 development education centres across England. Through our work on EU-funded programmes we are also an active participant in an extensive European global education network.