Cross-curricular guidance

Global learning can be applied through any subject area of the school. Guidance from the Global Learning Programme (GLP) on how to do this is available for teachers in a number of key curriculum areas

Global learning also lends itself to a cross-curricular approach as the topics and themes within global learning are naturally cross-cutting, and also support wider school and community work, helping to realise links between different areas of school life.

The key curriculum benefits of a cross-curricular approach to global learning are:

  • enrich and strengthen cross-curricular learning experiences
  • enable teachers and pupils to link their learning across and beyond the curriculum
  • motivate pupils and teachers to tackle big global issues in a more coherent way.

Global learning through cross-curricular approaches also supports more impactful global learning as it allows a wider range of subjects to consider global learning and it can support more in-depth and pupil-led active projects. This can demonstrate to students that global learning is valued and a whole-school priority that permeates the curriculum.

This diagram illustrates some of the main opportunities for this to happen in school across three overlapping areas, or ‘levels’ of activity: the curriculum, school culture and school community.

There is considerable overlap between cross-curricular and whole-school approaches to global learning. You can read more about whole-school approaches via the Whole School Framework provided by the GLP.