Global Learning Programme


This short glossary explains some of the key terms used in the Global Learning Programme.

Global Learning Programme (GLP)

 A national programme in England that is helping schools to embed effective teaching and learning about development and global issues within the curriculum at Key Stages 2 and 3.

Global learning pupil outcomes

These pupil outcomes show schools what taking a global learning approach through the GLP really means. They outline the key knowledge to engage pupils with and the skills and values that pupils can develop through exploring this knowledge. Developing these outcomes will help pupils to learn about the challenges our world faces and to think critically about how to deal with issues such as poverty, inequality and sustainability.

Development education (DE)

An approach to learning about international development through recognising the importance of linking people's lives throughout the world. It encourages critical examination of global issues and awareness of the impact that individuals can have on these.

Global learning (GL)

This is the application of development education by practitioners, teachers and pupils.

GLP Expert Centres

Expert Centres are schools with an excellent track record in the delivery of development education. They are driving the establishment of local networks of partner schools and enhancing the quality of their global learning provision. Managed by their GLP Coordinator, they provide a peer-led programme of half-termly support sessions to help their partner schools embed global learning within the core curriculum and across the whole school.

Expert Centres will receive funding for four terms to support their involvement in the programme. Expert Centres are externally verified after completing an initial application.

GLP Partner Schools

Schools that have signed up to be part of the GLP by registering on the GLP website and completing the Whole School Audit are designated Partner Schools.

GLP Local Advisors

The team of Local Advisors will recruit Expert Centres and support them in helping their partner schools to improve their development education knowledge and delivery. The Local Advisors are drawn from diverse backgrounds. They bring local knowledge and existing relationships with schools and development education organisations to the GLP.

GLP National Leaders

National Leaders manage the GLP at regional level, coordinating the work of the Local Advisors and liaising with school networks, CPD providers and development education organisations. The National Leaders are also involved in the development and delivery of national and regional conferences and workshops.

GLP Coordinator

Both the Expert Centres and their Partner Schools assign a named GLP Coordinator. The Coordinator’s role includes completing the Whole School Audit for their school and working with staff across their school to implement the action plan which this generates.

GLP Lead Practitioner

GLP Coordinators in Expert Centres have the opportunity of working towards becoming an accredited Lead Practitioner. Lead Practitioners are outstanding teachers who lead by example, support and inspire others and disseminate best practice through regional and subject networks, events and learning visits. Coordinators in partner schools can also apply for Lead Practitioner accreditation, if their school elects to fund the process.

GLP Whole School Framework

The Whole School Framework helps schools understand how to embed global learning across the whole school and shows that doing so can help support school improvement. The framework contains criteria that enable a school to discover where they are at the start of the GLP and help them understand where to go the next.

GLP Curriculum Framework

The curriculum framework break down development education into the following subject areas at Key Stages 2 and 3: English, geography, history, maths, religious education, science and citizenship. Teachers can use these subject frameworks as a basis for their own curriculum planning and development.

GLP Whole School Audit (WSA)

The Whole School Audit enables GLP Coordinators to assess global learning taking place across their schools. Completed online, it allows them to self-assess their school’s current performance mapped to the criteria in the Whole School Framework. Once completed, schools have access to e-credits that can be used to fund CPD.

GLP School Action Plan

The School Action Plan will be generated automatically after the Coordinator has completed the Whole School Audit online. It will offer next steps for schools, for example, suggesting resources to use and organisations that can offer further support.

GLP Pupil Assessment Tool

The Pupil Assessment Tool is an online assessment which is completed by some of your pupils once a year from the start of your school’s involvement in the GLP. It will provide data for your school and the GLP team on the progression of pupils’ development education knowledge.

GLP e-credits

All schools that have completed a Whole School Audit are given access to e-credits to pay for training from approved providers. Details of courses that have been approved to support the GLP are available on the GLP website.

GLP Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund enables partner schools to work with the Institute of Education at the University of London to carry out action research projects exploring the impact of development education on pupil learning.