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GS logo no extras 2Global Schools: Learning for the Future

What’s it about?
The project aims at changes at three levels of practice, policy and society:

Practice: to support teachers and build their confidence and understanding so that they can integrate Global learning into everyday teaching practice.

Policy: to embed Global learning into policies and the primary curriculum.

Society: promote the European Year of Development (EYD) 2015 and post 2015 agenda – raise awareness and involve teachers, parents and the wider community in the issues.

The project is now in its last year and will end in May 2018.

Who’s been involved?
Initially, CDEC looked for 10 teachers in Cumbria who were committed to embedding Global Learning in the primary curriculum, had some experience in including this dimension in their teaching and wanted to extend and further develop their skills. With support from CDEC, they formed a community of ‘lead schools’ sharing ideas and activities between themselves and CDEC but also with nine other EU countries.  There have been plenty of chances for peer discussion and linking with other European countries.

CDEC and other EU organisers are collating the ideas developed and are coordinating a bank of resources and approaches for the project on a central website and through publications. These resources and activities form a useful collection for all schools for the future.

In the subsequent year, each ‘lead teacher’ shared their enhanced skills and knowledge through cascade peer training with eight teachers from other schools, who had less experience with embedding Global Learning.

Lead schools have also taken part in and promoted EYD 2015 and the post EYD agenda through their participation in larger scale Global Learning events which CDEC helped to coordinate.

Work done by teachers has been supported by an Expert group comprising members from Lancaster University, Cumbria LA, and Think Global  who all contributed to the development of resources and research/evaluation activities.  They have also raised awareness nationally of the importance of this project.

How has it benefited teachers and their schools?
By being involved in the project, lead teachers:

  • accessed new, varied and exciting primary resources that provide flexible ways of integrating Global learning.  They gained confidence in the use of methodologies which are participatory and empowering. KS1, KS2 and Early Years were all covered
  • gained free CPD opportunities through training and support – boosting their personal skills and understanding.  Teachers were able to develop areas of specialism in Global learning eg Global outdoors, P4C, transition to secondary, developing pupil voice
  • gained the nationally recognised Global Teacher’s Award Level 1, validated by Liverpool Hope University – recognition of the commitment and skill they have as global teachers
  • had the opportunity to travel to Italy for an international conference in year 3.  Many also took the opportunity to host Italian teachers who visited Cumbria in 2017 and made links with schools and teachers in Italy through personal contact.

For schools:

  • this was a great opportunity to strengthen your school ethos, develop a specialism and become recognised as an excellent Global School
  •  it was a chance to raise their profile by taking part in larger EYD events
  • there were chances to enhance children’s learning by adopting new approaches and creative ways of integrating global aspects in the curriculum -to develop even better global citizens!
  • there have been a multitude of opportunities for developing school links in Europe and for children to share their ideas directly with other schools.

You can find out more about the Big Global Learning Conference we ran together with the Global Learning Programme and the free resources that we have available (just scroll down the page)