What is the programme?
Cambridge Global Perspectives is an interdisciplinary, skills based programme available across the whole Cambridge pathway for leaners age 5 to 19 years.
Research says that the earlier learners start to develop and practise their skills the greater the impact on their learning. Making Cambridge Global Perspectives available to younger learners allows them to develop and embed cross curricular skills at an earlier age, supporting them in their current studies, and as they progress to Cambridge IGCSEs and O Levels and beyond.
The emphasis of the programme is firmly placed on the development of skills. The programme encourages learners to consider and connect personal, national and global perspectives.
Cambridge Global Perspectives is available for all registered Cambridge schools to teach. It is part of our core offering at Cambridge Lower Secondary. Our other subjects are English as a first or second language, Mathematics and Science. The programme strengthens the links across these subjects at Cambridge Lower Secondary level.
Although the programme is not focused on assessment, it does have an optional Checkpoint. This is an internally marked, externally moderated, Research Report at the end of the Lower Secondary programme. Learners choose the topic of the Research Report themselves and it offers the opportunity for learners to demonstrate their skill development.
Why should my school consider offering the programme?
Cambridge Global Perspectives takes an interdisciplinary, cross-curricular approach to developing the skills needed for success in education and work.
Schools need to ensure that their learners are ready for their next stage of learning or work. Both skill development and subject knowledge are essential in order to support learner progression.
By studying global issues, learners explore different, and often opposing, perspectives to develop their critical thinking, research and communication skills. They practise researching arguments before analysing, evaluating and communicating their findings. These skills are highly valued in education and work.
When Cambridge schools deliver the programme they report that:
- Learners become motivated to take control of their learning.
- Learners are excited by the global issues and topics which they can relate to.
- Teachers saw evidence that learners were able to carry over their skill development to subject lessons such as mathematics, sciences and languages.
What is unique about the programme?
Other national and international awarding bodies offer programmes that cover skill development. These are different to the Cambridge Global Perspectives programme which:
- offers greater flexibility - Cambridge Global Perspectives can be offered at any stage and in many ways
- explicitly develops the skills of research, analysis, evaluation, reflection, communication and collaboration rather than content knowledge
- examines current issues using three distinct perspectives (personal, local and global) and supports learners in analysing, evaluating and reflecting on opposing views
- provides coherence at every stage of the Cambridge Pathway
- introduces appropriate externally moderated assessment, which is a Research Report at Lower Secondary level.
How can I explain the benefits of the programme to my school leadership team or executive board?
You could start by talking about independent research which says that the earlier learners start to develop and practise their skills the greater the impact on their learning. Making Cambridge Global Perspectives available to younger learners allows them to develop and embed cross curricular skills at an earlier age, supporting them in their current studies, and as they progress to Cambridge IGCSEs and O Levels and beyond.
Cambridge Global Perspectives is just one part of the Cambridge Lower Secondary programme. These programmes offer both skill development and academic rigour. We have produced lots of materials to support conversations about the programme, from videos to testimonials (see the Teacher Guide) and much more.
How can I talk to parents about the programme?
Parents are enthusiastic about the idea of their children developing their transferable skills. They like that the programme supports the next stage of study and they appreciate that good universities favour the development of these skills.
Parents have told us that they see a difference in their children when they come home from Cambridge Global Perspectives classes. They describe how they ask more - and better – questions and are more engaged with current global issues and local and international news.
It’s a good idea to tap into this enthusiasm and interest. Show parents examples of how the skills can be applied in other contexts such as in different subject areas. You can also show them practical applications that they can relate to e.g. improving research skills, presentation skills, group work and negotiation skills and so on.
How much does the programme cost?
Cambridge Global Perspectives is available to registered Cambridge schools as part of our core offering at Cambridge Lower Secondary. There is no additional charge for the programme.
As with the other subjects, entries for Checkpoint are charged for. Cambridge Global Perspectives Checkpoint is different from the other Cambridge Lower Secondary subjects (it is a Research Report rather than a written examination). This is in order to allow learners to demonstrate their skill development.