The Global Learning Programme in England

What is the Global Learning Programme (GLP)?

The GLP is a funded programme of support that is helping teachers in Primary, Secondary and Special schools to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3.

Together with free training, guidance, resources, and funded CPD, the GLP is building a national network of like-minded schools committed to equipping their students to make a positive contribution to a globalised world.

Thousands of GLP schools across the country are already experiencing the positive impact that global learning can have on pupils’ engagement, knowledge, skills and values. Help your school be part of this too...

Find out how to get involved

Help your school join the thousands already benefiting from funding, training, resources and support to teach global issues at KS2 and 3.

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Make sure you’re getting the most from the programme with the GLP’s helpful guide for Partner Schools.

The GLP focuses on the following key themes:

  • knowledge of developing countries
  • knowledge of the basic elements of globalisation
  • knowledge of different ways to achieve global poverty reduction and development, and the arguments around the merits of different approaches
  • knowledge and understanding of the concepts of interdependence and sustainability
  • supporting enquiry and critical thinking about development and development issues.

As a result, the programme will:

  1. help young people understand their role in a globally-interdependent world and explore strategies by which they can make it more just and sustainable;
  2. familiarise them with concepts of interdependence, development, globalisation and sustainability;
  3. move them from a charity mentality to a social justice mentality;
  4. stimulate critical thinking about global issues both at a whole school and at student level;
  5. promote greater awareness of poverty and sustainability;
  6. enable schools to explore alternative models of development and sustainability in the classroom.

The Global Learning Programme is managed by a consortium of leading global learning and educational organisations: Pearson (lead), Geographical Association, Institute of Education, Oxfam UK, Royal Geographical Society, SSAT and Think Global. The programme runs in England from 2013 to 2017.

Within the GLP-E programme the GA is leading on the Accreditation of Expert Centres, and working with RGS-IBG on curriculum guidance. We are also developing a range of opportunities to support GA members, including revised Primary and Secondary Quality Marks and CPD.

Schools can join the GLP by becoming a partner school. Register your school today and find out more about the opportunities that the GLP can offer your students at:




For further information about the Global Learning Programme download this FAQs Powerpoint document. You can also download this GA Magazine booklet about the programme.


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Dr Kevin Cook Guest

An interesting programme. The International Special Interest Group of the GA would be delighted to be involved.

The programmes main aims, as listed above, are challenging. It is good to see them moving away from the depiction of the Global south as an area of abject poverty.

I'm delighted the GA is a member of the team involved in developing the programme.

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