Global Learning Programme – England

The Global Learning Programme – England (GLP-E) supports teachers to help their students learn about the challenges our world faces and think critically about how to deal with issues such as poverty, inequality and sustainability. It helps students make sense of the world in which they live and to understand their role within a global society. The GLP-E 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 student level.
  • To promote greater awareness of poverty and sustainability.
  • To enable schools to explore alternative models of development and sustainability in the classroom.

Primary, secondary and special schools in England can take part in the GLP-E either as Expert Centres or as partner schools. Find out more, visit the Global Learning Programme England website.

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GLP case studies

Find out how the GLP-E has supported whole-school improvement at Sir John Lawes School. For further information, email

Read about a London primary school that has applied themes from the Global Learning Programme to their new curriculum.

Ofsted spotlight on Global Learning Programme

New Ofsted guidance for inspectors means that a school’s involvement in the Global Learning Programme (GLP) could now play an even more important role in the outcome of a school inspection. In a recent Ofsted School Inspection Update, the National Director states that, as the GLP ‘maps onto the four Ofsted core judgements and to SMSC’, schools on the programme should be able ‘to set out how the GLP is contributing to their provision and outcomes for pupils’.

With over 3500 schools now benefiting from the funding*, free training, curriculum guidance and resources, more and more teachers are realising the value that the GLP can bring to the development of their pupils’ engagement, knowledge, skills and values across the curriculum.

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The Global Learning Programme – England is funded by the UK government. It 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 2013–17.