St. Mary’s Menston has been recognised for its international contribution
In June 2015, St. Mary’s was invited to become an Expert centre for the Global Learning Programme.
This is a government funded programme encouraging students in Key Stages 2 and 3 to become more involved with international work. The government believes that every child growing up in the UK should have the opportunity to learn about the world around them. The Global Learning Programme aims to help young people understand their role in an interdependent world, develop an awareness of sustainability and globalisation, enable teachers to move away from a charity to a partnership mentality and explore different models of development in the classroom.
St. Mary’s has a long history of a number of international initiatives including Bambisanani, World Challenge, the Comenius project linking European students together, Connecting Classrooms and, more recently, the Fairtrade Schools Award.
As part of the Expert Centre status, St. Mary’s will deliver training to schools who sign up to the scheme and work with them to develop their international work.
Mr Tunnecliff recently attended a conference in Coventry with other expert centres which helped with networking and sharing good practice. He presented a session on incorporating values into the school ethos, using our own 8 values as a starting board.
Mr Tunnecliff is eager to hear from any primary or secondary schools interested in joining the St. Mary’s network. More information can be found on the Global Learning Page on our website:
As well as receiving free training on international work, schools who choose to sign up will also receive £500 worth of CPD, tools and guidance to developt global learning in their school and a logo for their school website and letterheads.