Global Learning Programme

Subject associations

The following subject associations and bodies are contributing to the development of the curriculum framework, and other support, within the Global Learning Programme (GLP).

The Association for Science Education (ASE) is the largest subject association in the UK. As the professional body for all those involved in science education, from pre-school to higher education, the ASE provides a national network supported by a dedicated staff team. Members include teachers, technicians and advisers.

The Association plays a significant role, promoting excellence in teaching and learning of science in schools and colleges. Working closely with the science professional bodies, industry and business, the ASE provides a UK-wide network bringing together individuals and organisations to share ideas and tackle challenges in science teaching. The ASE is an independent and open forum for debating science education, with unique benefits for members. It provides a unique range of services to promote high quality science education by developing resources and fostering high quality Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) is the subject association for citizenship, representing teachers and others involved in citizenship education. They were founded in 2001 by Professor, Sir Bernard Crick and set up as a registered charity. Their mission is to support the teaching of high quality citizenship and promote wider public understanding of the subject. The ACT also encourage research into the participation of young people in society. Their aims are achieved by providing:

Their work is led by a council, a group of teachers and practitioners who are members of ACT from across the country and overseen by the Board of Trustees. The ACT encourage all members to help steer their work and have a leading role in citizenship education nationally.

The Geographical Association (GA) is a UK-based subject association with the charitable objective of furthering geographical knowledge and understanding through education. It supports teachers, pupils, tutors and academics at all levels of education through journals, publications, training events, projects, websites and by lobbying government about the importance of geography.

The Historical Associaton (HA) brings together people who share an interest in, and love for, the past. It works to further the study, teaching and enjoyment of history at all levels by supporting teachers and pupils from primary school to university. Its journals, Primary History and Teaching History are the leading support for teachers and trainee teachers. It runs regular CPD events led by skilled practitioners, both face-to-face and online. The HA also has a network of over 50 branches throughout the country, each running a regular programme of events, lectures and visits for those interested in history. It is regularly consulted by government and other organisations over the teaching and learning of history.

The National Associaton for the Teaching of English (NATE) works to:

The National Association for Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) is the subject teacher association for RE professionals. It works to address the real concerns of primary and secondary RE teachers in all schools and institutions and at all stages of their career. It provides a focal point for their concerns, a representative voice at national level and publications and courses to promote professional development.

NATRE provides a comprehensive range of services and support for all who teach RE, including:


The Royal Geographical Society with IBG (RGS-IBG) is the learned society and professional body for geography and geographers. It maintains a strong overview of the discipline, its position and its practice in schools, higher education, and the workplace, including professional accreditation. It advises on and supports its advancement, dissemination and practice in these realms and within wider public engagement and policy. The RGS-IBG has over 16,000 members and its work reaches more than three million people per year. Each year the Society works with teachers and pupils from about 50 per cent of English secondary schools and its online educational resources receive around 1 million ‘user sessions’ annually.

The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is a learned society and professional body advancing the science and application of statistics; promoting use and awareness for public benefit. The RSS has over 7,000 members around the world. The Society runs a campaign called ‘getstats’ to promote statistical literacy, both through the formal education system and to wider audiences such as politicians, the media and civil society. Its magazine, Significance, makes sense of statistics for a lay audience.

If you are not already a member of your respective subject community, we recommend that you join them and become part of the wider professional support they offer.