How do you teach Global Perspectives?

What kind of teacher should teach this?

Global Perspectives is about developing skills and these are used in every subject. Every good teacher should be able to see the value for their lessons. Do you think learners should know about plagiarism and academic honesty? That's covered in the research skill in Global Perspectives and is essential whatever lesson you're in. What about evaluating sources and communicating their ideas? They are just as important in science as in geography or English. You can make endless links between skills and subjects.

In terms of the teacher behaviour, you're looking for teachers who will use a range of active learning approaches rather than those who lecture or broadcast information. Their job is to support and guide the learners as they research, evaluate and so on commenting on where they are doing well and what they need to do next to further develop the skill. They don't tell them how to do it. However, this doesn’t mean there’s less work for the teacher! The planning part of the programme will take some time at first as they become familiar with it.

In our experience it is best not to give the programme to only one teacher. Firstly, it’s difficult to deliver and implement a new programme on your own! Secondly, they can also become known as ‘the Global Perspectives teacher’ which means other teachers may avoid engaging at all with the programme.

Schools on the pilot told us that their teaching teams really enjoyed the opportunity to work together and told us they became more creative in their lesson planning and more co-ordinated in their delivery. In addition, having several teachers involved in the delivering the programme is also important for continuity if the one ‘expert’ teacher leaves.

That said, it is sensible to have teacher(s) with a coordination role. This could be at school level or year group level depending on the size of the school and their implementation of the programme.

In addition, it is important that the school leadership has, and shares, their expectations for the programme – both in terms of learning and the impact on teachers’ workload.

It is also important that all teachers have an awareness of the programme so they can make links between Global Perspectives and the subject(s) they teach. For example, if a teacher usually covers graph work and evaluating numerical data in a mathematics lesson, they can link a Challenge to this. This helps learners to see the value of the skills they are developing in every lesson.

Do you offer any teacher training? My teachers are not trained to deliver a programme like this.

Yes, training for Global Perspectives is available to book from our events and training calendar.

The Challenges and Teacher Guide on the Lower Secondary support site also contains lots of useful information.

We know that for some teachers this will be very new while for others it will feel more familiar. It’s worth spending time making sure all of the teachers see the potential of the programme before they begin teaching it.

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