Global Learning

What is Global Learning?

Global learning can be described as an approach to learning about international development through recognising the importance of linking people’s lives throughout the world. Schools participating in global learning recognise the impact that knowledge and understanding of development can bring to pupils’ learning across the curriculum. Global learning at St Francis can simply be defined as a means of our children learning about the wider world.

Drawing on our definition of global learning (see, a global learner is:

• Critical

• Creative

• Self-aware

• Globally aware

• Open-minded

• Inquisitive

• Reflective

• Connected

• Willing to engage with global challenges

• Tolerant of different belief and cultures

• Keen to take action for a better world


Global learning supports the long-term development and success of pupils, by enhancing their critical thinking skills and boosting their relationships with peers.


Incorporating a global element into teaching across the curriculum helps to:

  • ensure our children experience a rich and interesting curriculum
  • base learning in real-world contexts to enthuse, inspire and engage our children
  • raise standards of attainment and achievement
  • deliver the requirements of the SMSC curriculum and respond positively to the current focus on British Values
  • ensure our children make sense of the world in which they live and to understand their role and responsibility within a global society
  • develop an ethos encouraging empathy, fairness and respect.


We have designed our curriculum offer with Global Learning in mind, and all year groups have opportunities to develop their understanding of their place as a citizen in a diverse and exciting world. For more detailed information on our curriculum intent, implementation and impact, please refer to our curriculum page.