Policy and Advocacy

Think Global works with others in the global learning sector to advocate for global learning at a national level. We are in regular discussion with the Department for International Development (DfID) and work with our partners to advocate for global learning in the UK.

Our focus is demonstrating how we and our partners are contributing to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular SDG Target 4.7 on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship:

SDG Target 4.7

“By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development”.

Policy and advocacy updates

July 2018:

Following our contribution to the Labour Party’s vision for international development A World for the Many, Not the Few, we are now invited to take part in a further consultation, running until 1 of August which examines how the Labour Party can best contribute to the global movement for public services.  This consultation will inform a more detailed policy document to be published this Autumn.  We encourage all members of our network to contribute their views to this consultation, emphasising the importance of development education/global learning.

June 2018:

We submitted our views on the Labour Party’s consultation on the principles outlined in their National Education Service (NES), where we highlighted the importance of education in a global context. You can view our submission here.

May 2018:

The Labour Party is currently consulting on the principles outlined in their National Education Service (NES). The development of the NES is a key focus for Labour in developing education policy before the next General Election. Jess McQuail, CEO of Think Global recently met with Mike Kane, Shadow Minister for Schools, who expressed real interest in hearing from Think Global’s Global Learning network as part of this consultation.   You are all encouraged to read the consultation and submit your views here before the deadline of 24 June. It would be great if you could also send a copy of your submission to info@think-global.org.uk.

On 21 May, we attended an event hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education (APPG) at the Houses of Parliament, on education for sustainable development and global citizenship. Judy Chaussalet, Head of Development at Think Global, wrote a blog on the event which highlighted the need to collectively work towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4.7. Read more here.

April 2018:

Following our submission to the Labour Party International Development Task Force and to the House of Lords Select Committee, we were pleased to see the inclusion of development education in Labour’s new vision for International Development published at the end of March, and the importance of citizenship education in the Lords Report on Citizenship and Civic Engagement published on 18 April (you can read a summary of the Report here).

Several of our members also submitted evidence to the Lords enquiry, including Shout Out UK, and the Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY).

Jess McQuail, Think Global CEO is meeting Mike Kane MP, shadow Minister for Schools in early May to continue raising the importance of global learning in education. Do let us know if you’d like her to raise anything specific by emailing info@think-global.org.uk.

March 2018:

Think Global responded to a public consultation held by the Department for Education on proposed changes to qualified teacher status (QTS), and on proposals for how to improve career progression for teachers. We answered questions that were relevant to Think Global’s remit of education in a global context, based around these areas:

  • how to support teachers at the beginning of their career
  • how newly qualified teachers (NQTs) embed the skills and knowledge from their initial teacher training (ITT)
  • how to improve career progression for teachers, focusing on improving progression opportunities for all teachers throughout their careers.
    You can read Think Global’s response to the consultation here: DfE QTS March 2018.

February 2018:

  • We were joined by a small group of representatives from the global learning sector to meet with members of the International Development Select Committee at Westminster on 6 February. The purpose of the meeting was to brief members of the Committee on the work we and our partners are doing in schools across the UK to educate young people about global issues through the DFID-funded Global Learning Programme (GLP). We also raised the need for scrutiny of DFID’s decision-making process regarding the future of government funded global learning.
  • We had a meeting at the end of January with Amelia Walker, Deputy Director, Research and Evaluations at Ofsted to discuss recognising the importance of global learning in inspections.

January 2018:

Just before Christmas, we met with Kate Osamor MP, Shadow Minister for International Development. She was glad to be briefed about global learning in the UK, and keen to support our work, especially with regard to the future of the Global Learning Programme. We briefed her about the new PISA global competence framework (the examination of local, global and intercultural issues and understanding the views of others around the world). We held a webinar introducing the PISA 2018 Global Competence Framework in February. In case you weren’t able to join, you can view the webinar on YouTube.  


In November we met with Liz McInnes MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who was keen to discuss the importance of global learning for her constituents. Particularly post-Brexit, and in the context of the huge pressures that schools and teachers are under, she agreed on the urgent need to promote global learning and provide people with opportunities to become active global citizens. We also discussed ways to encourage Parliament to engage more in implementing the UN’s the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK.

Labour Party International Development Task Force
Our submission to the Labour Party International Development Task Force focused on the need for ambition and imagination in order to implement Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 (‘education for sustainable development and global citizenship’) in the UK; the 1-pager can be read here.

Development Education Consultation
In the autumn, Think Global submitted a response to the DFID consultation on the future of the Global Learning Programme and published key messages for members to use to assist their own responses. Find out more about the consultation and read Think Global’s response.

Palace_of_Westminster,_LondonSubmission to the House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement – September 2017
In response to a recent call for evidence, Think Global submitted responses to questions such as ‘What should be the role of education in teaching and encouraging good citizenship?’ We took the opportunity to highlight examples of inspiring initiatives from our partners that have helped promote a positive vision of British Citizenship within a tolerant and cohesive society, such as the Global Learning Programme, The Linking Network, Global Link (Lancaster) and Gender Respect Education Project – DECSY (Development Education Centre South Yorkshire). Read the Think Global submission.