The Global Neighbours accreditation scheme will be verified by the Church of England Education Office and will consist of three levels - bronze, silver and gold.
To achieve accreditation, schools will demonstrate how they are fulfilling criteria relating to:
- school leadership
- teaching and learning
- collective worship and spiritual development
- pupil participation in active global citizenship
- community engagement
How will schools benefit from the scheme?
Global Neighbours provides a framework for thinking about global citizenship education in schools. You will get ideas for curriculum and collective worship activities to equip you to weave a global perspective into your current curriculum provision, which will support you in helping young people to become active global citizens.
The scheme aims to increase pupils’ understanding of the root causes of poverty and injustice, as well as engage and empower pupils as agents of change in the transformation of our world. Participation in the scheme will support schools that are seeking to advance the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of pupils, strengthen the ‘promotion of fundamental British values’, promote critical thinking across the curriculum, and strengthen links with the local community. Global Neighbours can also enhance Religious Education provision in schools by increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding about why and how Christians, along with people of other faiths and those of no faith, want to change the world to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.
By helping pupils to claim their voice as global citizens, participation in the scheme will support schools develop and showcase their work in helping their pupils to become active global citizens and courageous advocates for change in the world, from a local to global level.
In addition, the scheme will help church schools fulfil the Church of England’s Vision for Education that is ‘deeply Christian, serving the common good’ as well as supporting some of the SIAMS requirements for character development: hope, aspiration and courageous advocacy.
For further information, download the Global Neighbours handbook. To register for Global Neighbours, simply click on the link below.