Policy Recommendations

Policy Recommendations

Young people face a future in a complex interdependent world. Globalisation, climate change, the need for community cohesion and social mobility and the challenges of international development all require young people to have a global outlook. Schools have an important role in helping them to prepare for this.

DEA’s research with Ipsos MORI with both young people and teachers shows an unmet need for global learning. Every young person should leave school able to make connections between local and global issues and equipped to live and work in a globalised world. There are some positive education policy foundations but much more needs to be done to ensure that schools have the support they need to prepare young people for their global future.

Our recommendations include:

  • Initial teacher education needs to embed global learning and a network should be supported to share good practice.
  • Subject associations should have a package of support to provide continuing professional development for the global dimension to their subject.
  • NGO support is crucial. DFID should extend the Enabling Effective Support programme (EES) for a further five years and use other mechanisms to ensure there is national coverage of support and that good practice is built upon and shared.
  • The Masters in Teaching and Learning should embed global learning and have specific modules around some of the key concepts such as sustainability and diversity.
  • Headteachers need support in global learning and the National College for Schools Leadership (NCSL) leadership courses should do more to incorporate this.
  • There should be a review of lessons from how Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have embedded global learning in their education systems.
  • An annual review should take place to see how all relevant parts of government are performing and working together in supporting young people to live and work in a globalised world.