Global learning can be applied through any subject area of the school. Guidance from the Global Learning Programme (GLP) on how to do this is available for teachers in a number of key curriculum areas.
Global learning also lends itself to a cross-curricular approach as the topics and themes within global learning are naturally cross-cutting, and also support wider school and community work, helping to realise links between different areas of school life.
The key curriculum benefits of a cross-curricular approach to global learning are:
- enrich and strengthen cross-curricular learning experiences
- enable teachers and pupils to link their learning across and beyond the curriculum
- motivate pupils and teachers to tackle big global issues in a more coherent way.
Global learning through cross-curricular approaches also supports more impactful global learning as it allows a wider range of subjects to consider global learning and it can support more in-depth and pupil-led active projects. This can demonstrate to students that global learning is valued and a whole-school priority that permeates the curriculum.
This diagram illustrates some of the main opportunities for this to happen in school across three overlapping areas, or ‘levels’ of activity: the curriculum, school culture and school community.
There is considerable overlap between cross-curricular and whole-school approaches to global learning. You can read more about whole-school approaches via the Whole School Framework provided by the GLP.