We are delighted that Torriano Primary School has been chosen to become an Expert Centre for the new Global Learning Programme (GLP) for England. The GLP is a programme of support for schools that can help enhance teaching and learning about global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3. It has six core aims:
- To help young people understand their role in a globally-interdependent world and explore strategies by which they can make it more just and sustainable;
- To familiarise them with concepts of interdependence, development, globalisation and sustainability;
- To move them from a charity mentality to a social justice mentality;
- To stimulate critical thinking about global issues both at a whole school and at pupil level;
- To promote greater awareness of poverty and sustainability;
- To enable schools to explore alternative models of development and sustainability in the classroom.
The GLP focuses on developing pupil’s knowledge and understanding of global challenges through subject-based learning in key curriculum areas. It helps pupils to think critically about the issues, and develop skills and values as they consider actions that they and others can take to overcome them.
As an Expert Centre, Torriano Primary School is acting as a hub to provide local, peer-led training and support for teachers in our partner schools. This will involve hosting half-termly support meetings to help them to identify each school’s particular training priorities and access the most appropriate professional development through the GLP website to meet their needs.
The Global Learning Programme is funded by the Department for International Development and is managed by a consortium of leading global learning and educational organisations: Pearson (lead), Geographical Association, Institute of Education, Oxfam UK, Royal Geographical Society, SSAT and Think Global. The programme runs from 2013 to 2017.