Developing a whole-school approach

Global learning has the greatest impact when it is embedded into as many aspects of school life as possible. This is called ‘taking a whole-school approach’.

Taking a whole-school approach to global learning involves:

  • having a vision for global learning
  • using a reflective planning process to embed work
  • connecting work across different spaces within school
  • involving people across the whole community
  • embedding global learning into general practice.

How these different elements can work together is illustrated here.

Therefore using these different elements together will enable schools to achieve all aspects of the global learning pupil outcomes, relating to each key area of the Ofsted inspection framework and contributing to school improvement.

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  • The Whole School Framework developed by the Global Learning Programme (GLP) has 12 criteria to help schools embed global learning holistically at progressively deeper levels.
  • The Developing a whole-school approach to global learning document details how to develop a whole-school approach to global learning and outlines:
    • what a whole-school approach to global learning means
    • a model showing potential pathways to developing a whole-school approach to global learning
    • a set of questions to help schools to use this model to further develop their own whole-school approaches to global learning.

You can also view a number of case studies that outline the journey different schools have taken to develop their whole-school approach.