Making carbon footprint cookies

Young people putting their global learning into action

Have you ever eaten a carbon footprint cookie? Last Friday (3 March) I got to see students making them!

I visited Cirencester Deer Park School (CDPS) to find out about their Global Learning Programme (GLP-E) transition project. As I’m new in post, I’ve been wanting to get a feel for what embedding global learning across a school is actually like in practice. CDPS has been a GLP Expert Centre and it really shows in the way global learning features across the school. The school’s Head of Geography, Rebecca (Becs) Lillington, was one of the recent participants on our Developing a Global Learning School online course, and she very kindly invited me to this ‘transition project day’ where Year 8 students welcomed and worked together with younger pupils and teachers from three of their feeder primary schools.

The day was funded by the Geographical Association as part of their contribution to the GLP-E. Activities were facilitated by freelance trainer Emma Epsley, who has written a great blog about it. The global focus was provided by the day’s main theme: the Arctic. Pupils learned about life in Arctic countries and worked together to research what impact climate change might have on the region and ways to mitigate this…. hence the footprint cookies!

It was wonderful to see how well older and younger pupils interacted around this common theme and see how global learning is embedded right across the curriculum – and not just for this one day. I came away inspired!

Jess McQuail

Jess McQuail, Think Global CEO

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