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

What’s it about?
The project aims at changes at 3 levels:

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.

Want to be involved?
Initially, CDEC is looking for 10 teachers in Cumbria who are committed to embedding Global Learning in the primary curriculum, have some experience in including this dimension in their teaching and would like to extend and further develop their skills. With support from CDEC, they will form a community of ‘lead schools’ sharing ideas and activities between themselves and CDEC but also with 9 other EU countries.  There will be plenty of chances for peer discussion and linking with other European countries.

CDEC and other EU organisers will collate these ideas and coordinate a bank of resources and approaches for the project on a central website and through publications. These resources and activities will form a useful collection in all schools for the future.

In the subsequent year, each ‘lead teacher’ will share their enhanced skills and knowledge through cascade peer training with 8 teachers from other schools, who have less experience with embedding Global Learning.

Lead schools will also take part in and promote EYD 2015 and the post EYD agenda through their participation in larger scale Global Learning events which CDEC will help coordinate.

Work done by teachers will be supported by an Expert group comprising members from Lancaster university, Cumbria LA, and Think Global  who will contribute to the development of resources and research/evaluation activities.  They will also raise awareness nationally of the importance of this project.

How will it benefit me and my school?
In becoming a lead teacher:

  • Access to new, varied and exciting primary resources that provide flexible ways of integrating Global learning.  You will gain confidence in the use of methodologies which are participatory and empowering. KS1, KS2 and Early Years will be covered.
  • Free CPD opportunities through training and support – boost your personal skills and understanding.  This opportunity could build on from a school involvement in Global learning Project (GLP) and help develop areas of specialism in Global learning that you are interested in eg Global outdoors, P4C, transition to secondary, developing pupil voice etc .
  • You will gain the nationally recognised Global Teacher’s award Level 1, validated by Liverpool Hope University – recognition of the commitment and skill you have as a global teacher.
  • The opportunity to travel to Italy for an international conference in year 3.  You could take the opportunity to host Italian teachers who will visit Cumbria in the third year and make links with schools and teachers in Italy through personal contact.

For your school –

  • This is a great opportunity to strengthen your school ethos, develop a specialism and become recognised as an excellent Global School.
  •  Your school profile will be raised by taking part in larger EYD events.
  • Children’s learning  will be enhanced by new approaches and creative ways of integrating global aspects in the curriculum – even better global citizens!
  • Opportunity for developing school links in Europe and for children to share their ideas directly with other schools.

What is the time commitment for teachers and schools?
An audit to identify training needs for lead schools will take place in Autumn 2015, followed by baseline activities, training and sharing of resources. Lead school meetings will be approx every half term – twilight or half day.  Identification of cascade schools and Focus group meetings with them will begin February 2016 – approx every half term.

For further information about the project contact Debbie on 015394 31602 or email