Global Learning Programme

Explore the concept of freedom of expression with your pupils

Freedom of expression is a fundamental right stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Press freedom principles are celebrated all around the world on 3 May with World Press Freedom Day.

Why not mark the event with this Key Stage 3/4 resource on Exploring the right to freedom of expression developed by the Global Learning Programme (GLP)? This resource supports citizenship and English lessons by exploring the right to freedom of expression and whether it has limits. It is linked to materials from Amnesty International, UNICEF and British Council.

You can also discover our wide range of resources and background reading on the topic of democracy. You could also develop this further with the GLP guidance and teaching ideas to help pupils develop their enquiry and critical thinking skills.

World Press Freedom Day is organised by UNESCO, which has its own schools toolkit on freedom of expression.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) provides accessible guidance on freedom of expression laws.

Amnesty International have developed a resource for special schools to discuss the right of freedom of expression, and the concepts of fairness and unfairness.

GLP-approved CPD

Our CPD Calendar offers a wide variety of courses, which you can filter to find CPD that meets your school’s needs.

You could use your e-credits* to start your school on the road to achieving the Rights Respecting Schools Award with introductory courses offered by UNICEF UK. Use the filters to search for these under ‘providers’ or ‘content focus’). If you are already a Level 1 school, you could consider the ‘Moving from Level 1 to Level 2’ courses on offer. Upcoming sessions will take place all over the country, including: Glastonbury, Durham and London in the summer term.

Why not filter by provider and search for courses on human rights delivered by Realising Rights? Their courses include: a half-day session on using human rights as a whole-school framework for global learning; developing active global citizenship through human rights; global learning through the human rights calendar; etc.

Amnesty International UK run an annual course for teachers on human rights education, which takes place over three days (one in each term). The next course will begin in October 2017, with a format similar to this year’s course – click here for more details. To find out about the 2017–18 course, please contact Hayle Davies from the Amnesty International UK Education team at

Not registered yet?

Registration for the GLP is free, only takes a few minutes and gives you access to up to £500-worth of e-credits* for GLP-approved CPD, free training with a local network of schools, and a wide range of resources and curriculum guidance. Sign up now and join the 6,000 schools already part of this exciting initiative.

*The GLP is funded by the UK government. All schools can join the programme, but funding is only available to Key Stages 2 and 3 in state schools in England.