Global Learning Programme England

The Department for International Development (DfID) funded UK wide Global Learning Programme (GLP) came to an end on 31 July.  A new programme, the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning (CCGL) programme is being launched in September. 

The new programme is jointly funded by the British Council and Department for International Development and will be led by the British Council. You can register your interest in the programme on the British Council website.

Think Global was a member of the consortium delivering the Global Learning Programme in England (GLP-E) on behalf of the Department for International Development. As well as being part of the overall consortium leadership team, we were also responsible for the schools programme, website, and the provision of GLP-E badged resources and GLP-E approved CPD.

What was the Global Learning Programme England (GLP-E)?

The GLP-E built a national network of like-minded schools committed to equipping their students to make a positive contribution to a globalised world. The GLP-E helped teachers in Primary, Secondary and Special schools to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3.

Why should schools take part?

Schools participating in the GLP-E experienced the exciting impact that knowledge and understanding of global learning can bring to pupils’ learning across the curriculum. The GLP-E helped schools develop an ethos promoting tolerance, fairness and respect.

Teachers involved in the GLP-E worked with colleagues in local schools to drive forward global learning across the curriculum, share best practice and engage in funded CPD opportunities.

What were the aims of the GLP-E?

The GLP-E was a whole school programme. Global learning principles should be apparent in the curriculum, pastoral work and in the wider life of the school. It is not just about global learning being delivered through geography or any other single subject, or about the occasional assembly.

The GLP-E aimed 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
  • familiarise pupils with the concepts of interdependence, development, globalisation and sustainability
  • enable teachers to move pupils from a charity mentality to a social justice mentality
  • stimulate critical thinking about global issues, both at a whole school and pupil level
  • help schools promote greater awareness of poverty and sustainability
  • enable schools to explore alternative models of development and sustainability in the classroom.

GLP-E Partners

The GLP-E was funded by the UK government, and our partners in the programme included: