Global Learning Programme

Curriculum Framework

The Global Learning Programme (GLP) will support the effective teaching and learning of global learning in schools in England and enable it to become embedded as regular practice at whole school, curriculum and classroom level. The GLP will help pupils gain additional knowledge about the developing world, the causes of poverty and what can be done to reduce it. They will also develop the skills to interpret that knowledge in order to make judgements about global poverty. In this way young people will be able to:

In relation to the curriculum the Global Learning Programme will particularly explore the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of developing countries, their economies, histories and human geography
  2. Knowledge of the basic elements of globalisation
  3. Knowledge of the different ways to achieve global poverty reduction and development and the arguments around the merits of these different approaches.
  4. Knowledge and understanding of the concepts of interdependence and sustainability
  5. Supporting enquiry and critical thinking about development and development issues.

Subject-specific support is available to help you explore global learning, through case studies, examples and other support across Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 in citizenship, English, geography, history, mathematics, religious education and science. The aim with this additional support is to help you to introduce global learning into a subject-specific context. Where relevant, references have also been provided to show where the themes, examples and case studies provide work directly towards the new National Curriculum. There have been different approaches to development since the 1960s and this document outlines six approaches that will also help to provide some context for development education.