Global dimensions in learning
"Social justice features prominently and pupils make explicit their own sense of mission as a response to the gospel challenge. Their care for each other, well modelled by their teachers, is demonstrated through their understanding of the meaning of a Rights Respecting School. This is permeated by the Christian values of compassion, humility, endurance and thankfulness."
Diocesan Section 48 Inspection
What is global learning?
Our work for the 'International School Award' stems from the school's aims of having a globally-minded approach to learning. Not only is our community international, we live in an increasingly inter-dependent world. By adopting a global dimension in the curriculum, teaching and learning is enriched and the global outlook ties the curriculum together. It introduces educators to new practices and perspectives, furthers professional development, makes links with students in other countries, and builds tolerance and diversity. Global learning enables our learners a window to look into different cultures and countries, helping eveyone in the community develop as responsible, global citizens whilst preparing them for life and work in a global society.
Our approach and aims: (in line with the Global Learning Programme)
- 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
- familiarise pupils with the concepts of interdependence, development, globalisation and sustainability
- enable teachers to move pupils from a charity mentality to a social justice mentality
- stimulate critical thinking about global issues, both at a whole school and pupil level
- help schools promote greater awareness of poverty and sustainability
- enable schools to explore alternative models of development and sustainability in the classroom.
What have we been doing?
We have linked out curriculum topics and maps to incude global dimensions and perspectives, cultural awareness and tolerance and mutual understanding. Here are some examples of our learning:
Climate Change - a day's enrichment across the school
Organsing a whole campaign - Green for Life
Through our global learning orogrammes and initiatives, we want our learners to:
- Be more engaged in lessons and learning
- Gain deeper curriculum knowledge and understanding
- Improve their enquiry and critical thinking skills
- Acquire better knowledge and understanding of global issues and international development
- Learn about globalisation, inequality and global poverty and respond to these issues as best they can
- Take part in discussions about development and global learning issues
- Explore their values and how they impact on others
- Listen to, and gain an understanding of and respect for, different voices and perspectives, question viewpoints and challenge stereotypes
We have the following Awards:
Member of Global Learning Programme
International School Award (learning for a sustainable world)
Rights Respecting School Award
Eco School Award
Stonewall Accredited School (promoting tolerance and standing against bullying)
School Travel Plan Award (Gold)
Focussed writing in the weekly 'Big Write' on global issues such as pollution and waste