What is the Global Learning Programme?

The GLP is a ground-breaking new programme which will create a national network of like-minded schools, committed to equipping their students to make a positive contribution to a globalised world by helping their teachers to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3.



What global learning and development education are in schools:

Development education is an approach to learning about global and development issues through recognising the importance of linking people's lives throughout the world. It encourages critical examination of global issues and awareness of the impact that individuals can have on these. Development education began in the late 1970s, with volunteers and aid workers returning from overseas placements wanting to change the way people learned about development and less economically developed countries. Centres specialising in development education have existed across England since then, working with local schools and communities.

Global learning is the application of development education by practitioners, teachers and pupils - it is probably already happening in your school. Many programmes have existed over the years and many continue to run. The GLP aims to build on your school's existing work in this area rather than introduce completely new ideas and principles.

Global learning approaches support school improvement. A recent evaluation of global learning in primary schools found that it had a significant or some important impacts within over 65% of schools. Additionally, a further study in Wales found that global learning supported the development of the school ethos and supported schools in working better with their communities.


The GLP 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 student level;
  • To promote greater awareness of poverty and sustainability;
  • To enable schools to explore alternative models of development and sustainability in the classroom.


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;
  • 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.


Find out more on the GLP England website...

Find out more on the GLP Wales website...

Find out more on the Global Learning Scotland website...

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