Learning for a more just
and sustainable world

English is a subject concerned with communication. Young people need to learn the language of discourse, criticism, argument and the ways language can be used to manipulate and mislead. Language is a key way we interact and react to the world about us and through developing this skill young people are empowered to participate more fully on local and global platforms.

Creative in both spoken and written form, expressive modes of language tell the world a great deal about the social, economic and political conditions under which people live, while encouraging empathy and promoting different ways of viewing and interrogating the world.

Literature has been a powerful response to social injustice and repression for centuries, and new media such as blogging and twitter have created dynamic and instant ways of communicating and interacting globally.

The skills of literacy and Global Citizenship are closely connected while global issues can provide a rich context within which they can be developed.

This short guide (PDF) outlines the role Global Citizenship can play in supporting learners to explore diverse identities and cultures, think critically about their place in the world, and expand their thinking and horizons. It gives suggestions for texts which teachers can use to support learners on their journey towards becoming Global Citizens.

TGA Units

Refugee Boy

Developed by Miranda McDade, Cleveden Secondary, Glasgow

Using the novel Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah, this unit encourages pupils to explore what it feels like to suddenly leave home, the reasons why people flee and the barriers they encounter in their new homes.

Water and us

Developed by Pauline Bradley, Barrhead High School, East Renfrewshire

Developing critical thinking skills and empathy, this unit looks at the Right to clean water across the world.

English resources

World Stories is a growing collection of stories from around the world. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the languages most spoken by children in the UK.

Stories from Haiti takes the Haitian earthquake of 2010 as a starting point, from which learners use real-life stories from Haiti to develop core literacy skills. Activities also include opportunities for poetry analysis, role play and storytelling.

Global Literacy for a Fairer World was developed with teachers and pupils. It provides excellent activities for those who want to explore global issues and take action to make the world a fairer place while developing core literacy skills.

Power of the Pen
Every year thousands of people write letters to halt human rights abuses, holding governments to account and protecting lives with the support of Amnesty. Writing letters on behalf of people whose rights are at risk is a way for young people to explore urgent global issues as they build skills in literacy, self-expression and persuasive writing. Through this pack students will discover the impact their words can have as they write letters in support of real people in real danger now.

Docacademy brings documentaries into schools, raising the profile of documentary films as an educational tool and enriching young people’s non-fiction diet. It covers a diverse range of themes with lesson plans aimed at English Language and Media Studies teachers.

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