We hope the autumn term is progressing well. This issue highlights the latest resources, guidance and reports available, and offers advice to help you to get the most out of all the support available from the programme.
FREE history resource to commemorate First World War battles
A free resource created by the Historical Association for the GLP helps teachers commemorate the 100th anniversary of major First World War battles with their pupils. Available on our history webpage, the resource investigates how global the conflict was, and the different nations and troops involved – including from the British Empire.
Innovation Fund reports and funding
A new Innovation Fund Research Paper has been produced by Margaret Lewis, providing a focused, critical approach to pupils’ images and perceptions of Africa. You too can apply for funding of up to £1,000 to carry out a research project on an area of global learning that interests you. This funding is available until January 2017 so, if you’d like to make the most of this opportunity, please do take a look on our website to see the range of papers produced so far.
Why you should use our Pupil Assessment Tool
Teachers who have used the Pupil Assessment Tool have found it simple to use and reported that their pupils really enjoy doing it. Those that have gone on to repeat the assessment with the same class have also found it to be an invaluable way to see the progress made by their pupils, and a useful record to have on file for inspections.
'The Pupil Assessment Tool has enabled us to see that there have been real improvements in our pupils' global awareness – with a clear shift from a charity to social justice mentality.'
Amy Hutchinson, Archbishop Temple School, Lancashire
Do consider getting your pupils to try it. There is lots of useful advice and a step-by-step video to make it easy for you to get started.
Book CPD for FREE with GLP e-credits
If you haven’t already done so, you can book onto FREE CPD using your GLP e-credits. The wide range of CPD courses on offer – both with and without fixed dates – can be found via the CPD Calendar. Some of the most popular courses taken so far by GLP schools include P4C and the Global Teacher Award, as well as courses on ‘British values’ and human rights. New courses are uploaded frequently and e-credits can now also be used for both Primary and Secondary Geography Quality Marks.
When considering which CPD option is most suitable for your school’s needs, you may want to consider attending CPD with your network as a cluster rather than individually. Your Expert Centre Co-ordinator can discuss the options with you and the other schools in your network.
To get access to your GLP e-credits, you simply need to fill out an online form called the Whole School Audit (WSA). The WSA asks a series of predominantly multiple-choice questions about your global learning experiences to date and can be completed in more than one sitting. Once you have done this, you can check your e-credits balance in ‘My GLP/My e-credits’. Our handy FAQs can help you complete the WSA.
Revisiting your WSA
Don’t forget, completing the WSA for a second time can offer real insight into your school's development of its global learning provision:
‘Revisiting the WSA, at the end of our period as an Expert Centre, gave me the opportunity to record, as well as gain recognition for, the huge progress we had made across the school. It took just a few minutes and provided me with evidence of whole-school action and the confidence to take forward a successful application for a leadership role.’
Elena Lengthorn, Nunnery Wood High School, Worcester
Completing the WSA for a second time will also generate an updated action plan based on current experience. If you haven’t already completed your WSA again, could we please ask you to do so?
New Story Maps competition
The International Year of Global Understanding has launched a Story Maps competition, with a category aimed at 15–19 year olds and prizes of up to €1,500. The competition asks pupils to share their perspectives and research on topics associated with global understanding by creating story maps that examine and address the ways in which we inhabit our increasingly globalised world. Learn more on the competition website.
Events taking place this term
The GLP will be present at the following events: