Global citizenship benchmarks for secondary schools.

Global connections in young people’s lives are increasing: through change in society, culture, economics, politics and religion.

This creates challenges and opportunities for teachers and schools: providing learning experiences and environments that reflect the local relevance of global issues, and providing a global dimension within which local issues and experiences can be understood.

These challenges and opportunities of our global connections are relevant to the whole school as well as to individual subjects. The benchmarks in the pdf below can help teachers and schools to reflect, evaluate and plan responses to these global-local challenges and opportunities.

Three core areas have been selected. They reflect the emphasis of the Developing citizenship project: working with secondary schools on introducing whole-school development perspectives, human rights principles and a global dimension through:

  • curriculum planning and delivery – providing young people with active experiences of citizenship in a globalised society 
  • creating opportunities for participation – of young people in their school and local community 
  • school ethos and policy development – reflecting the global context of local communities

The benchmarks are not a once and for all ‘standard’ against which all ‘global practice’ of secondary schools can be tested. Instead they aim to provide food for thought in developing educational experiences relevant to young people as local, national and global citizens.

Please click here to view the benchmarks.