We hope your autumn term is going well. We’re keen to find out about some of the things you’ve been doing, particularly around the recent launch of the Global Goals.
FREE Climate Change Conference resource
With ‘Paris 2015’ (the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) fast approaching, why not take this opportunity to teach your pupils about the importance of minimising global warming by helping them learn about climate change and the impact that it's already having across the world? A new free resource to support this is now available to download from the GLP website. If you haven’t yet had a chance to do so, download the resource by logging in to your GLP account and selecting ‘Activities and resources’ from the ‘My GLP’ area. Please also share this link to the resource with friends and colleagues who teach in other schools.
Have you used the GLP Pupil Assessment Tool yet?
The Pupil Assessment Tool is proving popular with schools in helping identify priorities for teaching and impacts of learning on pupils. Designed to be used in the classroom and completed individually by pupils, this online tool provides instant feedback and generates data for teachers on pupils’ learning in relation to global learning – specifically key learning areas in the Global Learning Pupil Outcomes. Ideally pupils should take the assessment twice within the school year, so you can identify the impacts of the global learning work you are doing with pupils. To use the tool, sign in and visit 'Pupil Assessment Tool' under the 'My GLP' menu tab. An information sheet is also available to download from our website.
Tell us what your school did for The World's Largest Lesson?
At the end of September, The World’s Largest Lesson was held in classrooms on every continent to mark the launch of the Global Goals. Some GLP schools have already shared their work with us but we'd love to hear what your school did, so please let us know by emailing us at email@example.com and we may be able to publish your work on the GLP website! Project Everyone is putting plans in place to repeat the initiative next year, so it would be extremely helpful for teachers new to the project to have a range of great examples to learn from.
Could your pupils design DFID's official Christmas Card?
The Department for International Development (DFID) would like to invite young people from schools involved with DFID programmes (such as the GLP) to enter their Christmas card competition. A winning design and two runners-up will be made into electronic Christmas cards that will be sent by DFID ministers and officials as a goodwill greeting. The theme for the design is Friendship around the world! DFID is looking for up-beat and vibrant designs that convey a positive global message to a wide range of audiences. Pupils up to the age of 16 can enter and may work together in groups or individually to create any colour design that will work well as a Christmas card. There needn’t be a greeting on it unless pupils have a particular ‘global’ message in mind.
Designs should be produced using any materials that will photograph well, should be no larger than A4 in size (21cm x 30cm) and must be sent to DFID no later than Friday 4 December either by post (David Bailey, Education and Partnerships Team, DFID, 22 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2EG) or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the entrants' name, age and the school's name and address.
Opportunity to host a development organisation workshop
Oxfam (one of the GLP partners) can deliver a free workshop in four GLP schools each term, exploring how International Development Organisations can support schools in the GLP. If you’re interested in hosting a workshop or would like more information please email email@example.com.
Please take a look at the following new updates and information to ensure that your school receives the maximum benefit from your time on the programme.
- A new ‘course format’ search option is now available to help you find and book onto GLP-approved CPD courses. 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. The list of CPD providers offering courses in your region has also been updated recently.
- Don’t forget that to access your e-credit funding for CPD and your School Action Plan, you must complete the GLP Whole School Audit.
- A selection of new films to highlight the ways in which schools are embedding global learning through different subjects is now available to view on the GLP website, with more being added very soon.
- Updates have been made to the Ofsted mapping document and mapping is now also available to the Fairtrade Award.
- Funding of up to £1000 is available to encourage school-based educators to carry out small-scale school-based research projects that promote innovation in global learning. All Innovation Fund studies commissioned by the GLP will receive support from UCL Institute of Education.
- A new round of applications is open to obtain £500 of additional funding through the GLP Transition Project. This project is designed to help schools wanting to work together to develop global learning, at the same time as improving transition from Key Stage 2 to 3. Find out more and see some examples of schools’ work from 2014 to 2015 on the GA website.