Global Learning Programme

Cross-curricular guidance

Global learning can be applied through any subject area of the school. The GLP provides guidance for teachers in a number of key curriculum areas on how to do this. 

Global learning also lends itself to a cross-curricular approach as the topics and themes within global learning are naturally cross-cutting, and also support wider school and community work, helping to realise links between different areas of school life. 

The key curriculum benefits of a cross-curricular approach to global learning are: 

Global learning through cross-curricular approaches also supports more impactful global learning as it allows a wider range of subjects to consider global learning and it can support more in-depth and pupil-led active projects. This can demonstrate to students that global learning is valued and a whole-school priority that permeates the curriculum. 

This diagram illustrates some of the main opportunities for this to happen in school across three overlapping areas, or ‘levels’ of activity: the curriculum, school culture and school community.

There is considerable overlap between cross-curricular and whole-school approaches to global learning. You can read more about whole-school approaches here:

The GLP has produced guidance on how to develop curricular approaches to global learning for both primary and secondary

This guidance will help practitioners understand what such an approach means, outlining the key benefits and offering support for how to embed this, including snapshots of schools that have done this already. It has been written with the support of teachers and the Citizenship Foundation, and is aimed at any co-ordinator, teacher or school leader at any stage in their global learning journey.