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Going global in Wales

16 February 2017

How do we extend student's learning beyond the local context? How do we bring to life a curriculum with global content that develops children and young people as ethical and informed citizens of Wales and the world? The role of the Global Learning Programme Wales in developing and embedding global learning across the curriculum is now more important than ever.

'Education Development Trust has been delivering this programme on behalf of the UK government since 2014,' explains Delyth Balman, who heads up the Global Learning Programme Wales. 'The programme is all about providing authentic and motivating contexts for the development of numeracy, literacy and critical thinking skills – and given the current global political climate, developing the global citizens of tomorrow is now more important than ever.'

The programme supports the development of the skills already required by the revised Welsh Baccalaureate as well as the global competences that will be assessed through PISA from 2018. It also encourages schools to consider their contribution to some of the goals set out in the Wellbeing for Future Generations Act.

Sharing effective practice

In the last three years, Education Development Trust has recruited, trained and funded 48 lead schools to share effective practice, expertise and resources with networks of local school teachers covering 450 network schools. These are situated all over Wales and in every local authority. These teacher networks also benefit from expert professional development led by programme-approved providers, Wales Alliance for Global Education.

'This is an exciting programme and its relevance and importance are ever-increasing,' continues Delyth. 'In a turbulent global climate, the Global Learning Programme Wales is paving the way to develop a more inclusive society. As well as the day-to-day delivery of the global citizenship curriculum in schools, some 125 participants including heads, teachers, consortia challenge advisers and local authority directors of education and advisers have come together in conferences held in Conwy, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. These conferences have focussed on working with teachers to improve understanding of the refugee crisis; inspire them to integrate teaching and learning about this issue into the curriculum; and enable schools to combat prejudice. This is incredibly relevant for schoolchildren in Wales right now.'

Making a difference

And what do the pupils think? 'I have really enjoyed GLP and I always felt confident to talk about my view and it was fun to hear others. Hearing some inspirational things from people, this really opened my eyes to how the world worked, and how I could make a difference in the future.' Ella, Year 7, Bassaleg School.

Find out more by visiting the Global Learning Programme Wales website (opens in a new window) – a central hub containing global learning themes, resources and information on such events and community initiatives. Read the case studies to get a flavour of the programme in action and keep up to date by subscribing to the newsletter.