Are you looking for great ways to bring the global dimension to your classroom? These case studies and benchmarking tools will help you develop a whole school policy for Citizenship in line with the aims of the National Curriculum.  The activities focus on student participation and were tried and tested by the schools that took part in the Developing Citizenship project, run by Oxfam GB, UNICEF UK and Save the Children UK, with help from Development Education Centres.

Global citizenship and critical thinking were key elements of this three-year collaborative project.

Global citizenship benchmarks for secondary schools.

Questions for whole-school change – A suggested planning framework for providing citizenship education with a global dimension.

Developmental projects can be complex. Oxfam’s Angela Grunsell reflects on what she learned from being part of the project management group.

UNICEF UK’s whole school change initiative the ‘Rights Respecting School Award’, has been informed by the Developing Citizenship project, as Heather Jarvis from UNICEF UK explains.

If citizenship with a global dimension is taught and learned in all schools, great things can be achieved! Heather Swainston from Cheshire Development Education Centre explains how.

Young people discuss bullying, citizenship, fair trade and social responsibility. Friday 25th February 2005 – transcript.

Tips for running staff training in the global dimension of citizenship, by Topsy Page, Manchester DEP.

An Earth Summit Day in a school provides excellent cross-curricular links and an opportunity for young people to engage with global issues in a stimulating way. Laura Gilchrist, Manchester Development Education Project, explains the idea and reports on how it is implemented at Whalley Range High School.

This project has shown how some ‘blockages’ to greater global awareness in schools can be unblocked. The challenge now is to share and learn from our experiences. By Sandy Betlem, NEAD.

Global citizenship links can help increase children’s and young people’s knowledge of the wider world. The Manchester Healthy Schools Partnership created a close working relationship with three schools in Kabwe, Zambia.

Citizenship education is being integrated into curriculum planning across the UK. The following ‘steps to success’ come from Norfolk LEA, which worked with Norfolk and Suffolk schools on the Developing Citizenship project.

Trafford’s capacity for supporting schools in curriculum development has been significantly expanded by the Developing Citizenship Project.

The Kwathu Project is building international links to teach students in both the UK and Malawi about the true meaning of home – at a local, national and global level.

Everyone from the youngest Year 7 student to the most experienced members of staff were involved in activities ranging from Human Rights Week to an Earth Summit.

This was one of those projects that makes you think being a teacher really is worthwhile!

To mark Martin Luther King day, students wrote poems on social responsibility themes.

On Martin Luther King Day, suggestions from Year 8 and 9 students at Benjamin Britten High School.

Our Global Citizenship days are off-timetable events with a mixture of quizzes, activities, video, and seminars. They are designed to cater for approximately half a year group at a time (110 students).

Global citizenship has radically altered the Key Stage 3 curriculum at Broadoak High School.

Our theme was ‘Rich World, Poor World’. How do we open the eyes of children to equality issues?

This scheme of work has the theme of Rich World Poor World.

Fair trade day formed part of a whole school curriculum enrichment programme, and linked to the Citizenship scheme of work, which explores diversity and human rights in a local, national and global context.

Our multi-cultural arts day was aimed at Year 7 students and was one of a programme of stop days around global citizenship in our school.

The Trading Game is part of a proactive approach towards Citizenship, including a new Citizenship department and a Human Rights group.

One World Day was part of a week linked to the School Development Plan, focusing on global issues.

A review of the attitudes of the whole school towards global citizenship resulted in changes to the School Development Plan.

An INSET session on ‘the global dimension in citizenship education’ was run by the Head of Citizenship at Eaton Bank, Congleton in Cheshire.

An anti-racism day held in 2002 brought together visiting speakers, specialist workshops, interested staff and visitors from NFC. This became a model for our first global citizenship event.

Careful planning and clear outcomes made for a successful citizenship INSET event.

This system introduced a rota of Year 8 pupils as ‘Duty Prefects’, which raised participation and addressed elements of the Citizenship curriculum.

This project focused on integrating Fair Trade purchasing throughout the school and raising pupil and staff awareness of global issues.

Citizenship Days for Years 7,8 and 9 focused on the global economy, the environment, disability and challenging stereotypes.

Planning, preparation and staff INSET for a Black Achievement Festival to coincide with Black History Month.

At Hethersett we chose to focus on a Black Achievement Festival to coincide with Black History Month.

This project supports the National Framework for PSHE and the National Healthy School Standard, as well as supporting the development of Citizenship throughout the school with some 1400 pupils.

The aim of this project was, ‘for students to understand the effect of global economics on countries with significant debt’. Specifically, how consumer pressure can ease the burden on developing nations.

Our Global Citizenship Day was a June event for Year 8s as a follow up to the unit of work they had done on Global Citizenship earlier in the year.

Many schools would say their students have a voice, but do they really? What about at Whalley Range?

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