British Council Funded Programmes
The Global Learning Programme - 2013-17
The Global Learning Programme (GLP) was a Government funded initiative that aimed to help schools prepare young people for this changing world, by supporting teachers in understanding development education and feeling more confident in delivering global learning to their pupils. The GLP supported schools to start on their global learning journey by training teachers, demonstrating how to embed good practice across the whole school and enabling teachers and schools to take control and ownership of their global learning practice.
As an Expert Centre, Egerton provided practical peer-led support, training sessions and networking with colleagues from like-minded schools. In this way, they worked with schools to embed global learning into their everyday practice and make it sustainable in the long term.
Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, 2013 - Secretary of State for Education (2016):
‘The Global Learning Programme will teach young people about some of the challenges the world faces; supporting teachers to help pupils think critically about issues such as development, security, trade and sustainability. I hope that this knowledge will inspire children to grow up and run the global businesses and organisations of the future, investing in the world we want.’
The GLP was intended to be a whole school programme. Global learning principles at Egerton are apparent in the curriculum, pastoral work and in the wider life of the school. It begins with immersing the children in their local community - this helps define them and develop a strong sense of citizenship. Building upon this is national and global learning.
The GLP aimed to:
- help young people understand their role in a globally interdependent world and explore strategies by which they can make it more just and sustainable,
- familiarise pupils with the concepts of interdependence, development, globalisation and sustainability
- enable teachers to move pupils from a charity mentality to a social justice mentality
- stimulate critical thinking about global issues, both at a whole school and pupil level
- help schools promote greater awareness of poverty and sustainability
- enable schools to explore alternative models of development and sustainability in the classroom.
Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning - 2018-21
Alison Hooper was asked to sit on an expert panel to consult with government ministers in DFID regarding the design of this programme. She now leads the largest cluster of schools nationally - 41 schools. Six of these schools have partnerships with schools in Kenya. This includes Knutsford Academy. Alison is a British Council Ambassador and Local Advisor for this programme. Case studies regarding the work of the cluster and most specifically of Egerton have been commissioned by the British Council and Oxfam to support schools nationally and internationally.
This programme focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN in 2015 to be delivered by 2030. It is Egerton's belief that the children have a right to engage with and learn about these goals as they journey through school to provide an accurate world view and know that they can make a difference. Our current focus with Egerton Kenya is SDGs 4 and 5 - quality education and gender equality.