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Subject knowledge and CPD

GA CPD courses offer expert advice and inspirational teaching ideas. Keep up to date below for upcoming CPD about global issues and for free online courses. A range of articles, reports and discussions on a Global Learning theme are also included in this page.

Geography Quality Mark Accreditation

Schools in England and Wales now have their own versions of the Geography Quality Marks. You can use the SGQM or PGQM process and framework to help develop global learning in your school.


  1. CPD Units and Courses
  2. Publications
  3. Geography articles
  4. Primary Geography articles
  5. Teaching Geography articles


CPD Units and courses

Critical thinking

Support and activities for critical thinking, including teachers’ examples of critical thinking in global learning.

Developing partnerships

Suggestions and links to help you consider how to set up a successful partnership with another school.

Exploring our global village

Free online CPD from Alan Parkinson. The course includes a new Key Stage 3 scheme of work, makes use of web tools to explore our ‘Global Village’ and access a range of topical and contemporary material, and suggests ways to construct a number of global stories.

Food security

Free online CPD units that explore the complex issue of food security from global and local perspectives. It includes units on global food strategies, the perfect storm, food aid and how NGOs get their message across.

Frameworks for intercultural learning

A website for teachers that aims to stimulate debate about some of the issues which lie at the core of global intercultural learning.

Geography and the global dimension

Free online CPD: this course looks at geography’s contribution to learning about the global dimension focused on people and places and how we live in the world today. Phase: KS1-2.

GTIP Think Piece: Children’s worlds

This resource is designed to help primary teachers understand their pupils’ experiences of the world in order to develop their understanding of how other children live. There are detailed learning activities for (trainee) teachers but relevant and useful to anyone wanting to do further thinking on this topic.

GTIP Think Piece: Teaching about diversity

This Think Piece explores the issues surrounding the teaching of diversity in geography, noting that this is one of the most difficult areas for (new) geography teachers to engage with. Although designed for CPD, this resource contains a variety of activities and suggested reading for those teachers wanting to develop a deeper understanding of this topic, and there is a scope for adapting the activities for classroom use.

GTIP Think Piece: Values and controversial issues

We are frequently confronted with controversy in various forms, especially in relation to global learning, and geography as a subject can help teachers and pupils navigate such complex and sometimes unsettling issues and dilemmas. This resource explores the characteristics of more careful teaching, as opposed to ‘morally careless’ teaching in relation to dealing with controversial issues, and explores a range of ideas and activities that can help developing teachers think through their practice.

Geography: The Global Dimension key stage 3, DEA 2004

Although dated, this is still a useful resource, which includes an overview of Global Learning as well as teaching approaches and learning.

Global Dimension

Free online course for primary and early years teachers.

This course includes units on local–global, global–local, the ‘big ideas’ behind geography and the global dimension, living geography, planning and resourcing and two case studies.

Teaching about migration

Free online CPD: as a global topic migration has an obvious relevance to all our lives but it remains one of those ‘difficult’ topics to teach. Phase: KS3-4.

Young geographers go green

Free online CPD: what role does geography play in enabling the sustainable agenda in schools to be encountered, developed and enacted? Phase: KS1-2.


GA manifesto, A different view

The GA Manifesto takes the big picture view of beliefs and priorities about geography education; you might especially look at Chapter 2, Thinking Geographically, and Chapter 4, Geography and Young People.

Geography and development education in schools and the part played by geography teachers

A report published by the Development Education Research Centre of the Institute of Education, University of London, in partnership with the GA.

Geography Through Enquiry: Approaches to teaching and learning in the secondary school

Enquiry and critical thinking are important aspects of global learning: we think this book is one of the best you’ll ever read on teaching and learning in geography. It’s almost impossible to recommend any single chapters – but you might find chapter 7, 9, 11 and 12 most relevant to global learning.

Globalisation, geography and citizenship

Teaching Geography article for secondary teachers.

Louise Douglas discusses teaching about globalisation.

Global Learning: subject update

By John Hopkin in GA Magazine

Primary subjects: Engaging with globalisation

Article and activities for primary teachers (members only, must be logged in to view PDF download)

This resource includes a discussion of globalisation and the global dimension and a number of teaching ideas.


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