Global Perspectives Teacher Support

 These resources have been put together by Oxford University Press

Section 1

PDF icon Skills development activities 1
PDF icon 1: Family and demographic change
PDF icon 2: Humans and other species
PDF icon 3: Education for all
PDF icon 4: Sport and recreation

Guide to teaching Global Perspectives

Ideal for teachers who are new to Global Perspectives, this short guide includes tips on skills development, the Global Perspectives learning process and more.

PDF icon Guide to teaching Global Perspectives

Skills development planner

Use this guide to see at a glance where different skills are covered throughout the book, to help with your planning. This includes study, critical thinking, and exam skills.

PDF icon Table of skills activities

Project and research checklists for students

Use these checklists to help students to prepare for their individual research reports and group projects.

PDF icon Checklist for the individual research report

PDF icon Checklist for the group project

Advice on presenting a group project

Includes a breakdown of what needs to be submitted, with guidance on structuring the Project plan, Group report, and Individual evaluation.

PDF icon Presenting a group project

This is an example of a final IGCSE Global Perspectives Documentary outcome based upon the topic of Climate Change from CIS.  The project is carefully crafted with engaging content and images.

Cambridge learners from New Zealand and the UK share ideas and research using the new shared learning area as part of their Cambridge Global Perspectives course.


These modules illustrate ways in which Education for Sustainable Development can be integrated into all areas of the curriculum, especially into cross curriculum themes such as health and consumer education.

  1. Sustainable futures across the curriculum
  2. Citizenship education
  3. Health education
  4. Consumer education


This section illustrates ways in which a variety of curriculum themes may be recognised to integrate an interdisciplinary emphasis on a sustainable future.

  1. Culture & religion for a sustainable future
  2. Indigenous knowledge & sustainability
  3. Women & sustainable development
  4. Population & development
  5. Understanding world hunger
  6. Sustainable agriculture
  7. Sustainable tourism
  8. Sustainable communities
  9. Globalisation
  10. Climate change


This set of modules develops professional skills for using teaching and learning strategies that can help students achieve the wide range of knowledge, skill and values objectives of Education for Sustainable Development.

  1. Experiential learning
  2. Storytelling
  3. Values education
  4. Enquiry learning
  5. Appropriate assessment
  6. Future Problem Solving
  7. Learning outside the classroom
  8. Community Problem Solving



This edition has been restructured to match the latest Cambridge syllabus, it focuses even more on skills and assessment


Global Perspectives

What is this subject?

Global Perspectives is an innovative and stimulating skills-based programme that uses the world around us to explore current issues and develop vital skills. It provides you with the opportunity to explore the perspectives of cultures, both familiar and unfamiliar, from your own personal opinion to the opinions of children on the other side of the world, all whilst developing your critical thinking and research skills.

What skills will I develop?

  • Ability to think critically and creatively
  • Ability to research efficiently and effectively
  • Ability to collaborate and work well with others
  • Ability to present your ideas confidently to others
  • Develop open-mindedness and learn to consider issues from other perspectives
  • Develop and express own opinions on issues of global importance
  • Gain an independent world-view and become a global-thinker
  • Learn how to inform others, raise awareness and take action on issues

Areas of subject knowledge explored

Global Perspectives focuses on acquiring and developing skills, rather than on subject knowledge. We will develop skills by investigating the Local, National, and Global perspectives on six main topics. The topics studied are:

  • Family and Traditions
  • Sport and Health
  • Technology and Leisure
  • Education and Employment
  • Environment and Animals
  • Justice and Conflict

These topics can include a wide range and variety of issues, and you will be able to explore each topic in a way that suits your own areas of interest.


 Water, Food and Agriculture

CIE IGCSE Global Perspectives June 2014 Paper 33 Walkthrough

Cambridge AICE Global Perspectives- Human Trafficking


Global Perspectives Project

Cambridge Lower SecondarGlobal Perspectives

Cambridge Lower Secondary Global Perspectives has been designed to support learners to develop the skills required for success in their upper secondary education. The skills developed in the Cambridge Lower Secondary phase have been carefully designed to progress to the next stage of the Cambridge Pathway. More information on progression can be found in section 6 of this document

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Cambridge Primary Global Perspectives

Cambridge Primary Global Perspectives has been designed to support learners to develop the skills required for success in their primary education. The skills developed in the Cambridge Primary phase have been carefully designed to progress to the next stage of the Cambridge Pathway. More information on progression can be found in section 6 of this document.


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Websites Resource List

The content of internet websites is not static and is constantly changing. Make sure that you take appropriate steps to try to ensure the sites listed are suitable for your students before the lesson.



This site provides reviews of 350 teaching resources for 14-16 year-olds (books, films, websites etc). UK source but global topics covered.


This is the Open University and the BBC World Service’s free online professional development unit.


Oxfam’s education website designed for teachers in UK but with a range of material which may be suitable for international schools. partnerships.pdf


Guidance and advice on finding partner schools and developing a global dimension in school.


Oxfam’s site for children including teaching resources, children’s stories, fair trade information..


Oxfam school site includes resources on climate change, conflict, water, human rights


Staffordshire Learning Network is a geographical site with teaching suggestions, many of them tried in the classroom.


Downloadable resources on refugees, fair trade etc.


A range of topics e.g. population and food, climate change, food and agriculture etc



Making a formal link with a partner school abroad can help in devising project work. is free to schools outside the UK and provides a way to create international partnerships and has resources for projects. It has sections on finding a partner, the projects that schools could work on, communication tools e.g. audio and video conferencing and guidance on secure communications for students.


A UK based charity helping communities make international links.



IGCSE GP Teaching Pack – Resource List Amended Feb 2011 A BBC website aimed at supporting schools who wish to make international links.


Website for linking schools based in the European Community.

Advice on linking between UK and international schools. Case studies, collaborative projects and professional development.


UK based organisation that links children across the globe through audio recordings. Two examples of Ghana and Sri Lanka linking with schools across the UK.


Delicious is a free, online social bookmarking tool that allows you to share articles, links, and any web-based information you find in one space.


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Amnesty International’s website.

 United Nations website.

 Information on religious tolerance and many belief systems.

Website provides background information on the core beliefs of world ... provides links to resources for more than 20 world religions and belief systems.



Friends of the Earth website. UK based charity website that campaigns for

solutions to environmental problems.

 Website demonstrating the importance of South Asian plants. Downloadable resources aimed at UK schools but could have some relevance in other contexts.

 World Wildlife Fund website. Identifies threats to natural world and campaigns against damage to the natural world. Schools section offers resources and ideas.

UK Natural History Museum biodiversity site. Information about what biodiversity is and how to measure it. Some UK focused information but also general information for students in an international setting.

 Food and trees in Africa.

 Resources for teachers.

 WWF educational resource centre.

 Rafiki project on biodiversity: Circle of Life. CLIMATE CHANGE

Information about the atmosphere, climate and environment.

 Atlantic Rising explores what will be lost around the Atlantic Ocean if sea levels rise by one metre. Links to resources for schools.

Royal Geographical Society (based in London) website to highlight the issues of climate change for young people.

 Friends of the Earth website. See above.

 Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, United Kingdom. A centre dedicated to promoting alternative technology for energy, building, food production etc and a greener lifestyle.

 Student-centred website offering information on climate change.

 Free energy saving guides available for download.

United States Government Environmental Protection Agency site for children with information on climate change and resources for teachers.

Information for students.


Global warming and the Greenhouse Effect.

/global-warming-basics Information about global warming.

Climate change for children. Global warming for children.

 Rafikiproject on Carbon footprint.

Rafiki project on Climate change. Rafiki project on Recycling.



Amnesty International.

Website promoting human rights with case studies where

human rights are under threat.

Trade in Blood Diamonds.

 News from over 1600 human rights websites.

United Nations website.

United Nations site for young people.

International Peace Information Service.


World life expectancy information

Example of UK variations in infant mortality.

A resource with an

interactive map to look at cholera, cancer, malaria and coronary heart disease.

 World Health Organization (WHO) site on obesity.

Malri’s story: facing obesity (Kenya). Chronic disease site from the WHO.

WHO Child health site. WHO diet and physical activity campaign.


Population Research Bureau statistics including report on malnutrition (2007).

Article about a young American boy who died through lack of access to health care.

/ A site for producing country scale population pyramids for present and future.

 A gateway into all national statistics sites.

 A brief site with links to the debate on

elderly populations.


A BBC report on encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

Article on adopting a healthy lifestyle.

A general site with information about teenage health.

 Real life case studies of teenage health issues. Local help lines e.g. school nurse, health clinics, Samaritans.

Disabled Peoples’ International – an organisation that promotes rights of disabled people worldwide.

UNICEF main website.

a UNICEF site focused on child welfare.

A DVD of 9 films which support the UN Millennium Development Goals.


 International charity website with national site links. International charity aimed at supporting those with sight difficulties.

Global information about Aids

Rafiki project: MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) is an international medical humanitarian organisation. It delivers emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters or exclusion from healthcare.



 A DVD of 9 films which support the UN Millennium Development Goals. United Nations website.

education_for_all Includes some teaching resources.

Empowering young people.



/AboutUs/About+us.htm Royal Geographical Society website with

suggestions and links.

 Teaching resources.

International charity website with national site links. Includes resources, some free to download.

 Global employment youth unemployment and other links.

Article about global unemployment.

 Article about global unemployment from the UN




BBC World Service web link-population and family structure change. 2 pod casts - one on global demographic change and one on changing family structure.


 Demographic Transition model.


US government census site. Information on countries around the world and population pyramids.

 UK based support for refugees.

United Nations High commission for Refugees. Part of the UNICEF sites – includes statistical details.


 Friends of the Earth website.

 Centre for Alternative Technology.

Includes information on renewable energy.

Free energy saving guides available for download.



A range of topics e.g. population and food, climate change, food and agriculture. Part of the UNICEF sites – includes statistical details.

 Site for young people on human rights.

Rafiki project: Make the link, break the chain – a project about slavery.



 The effects of the internet on society. The rise of

the internet.

Global election of one language.

 Information on social networking.

 Articles about social networking.




 Amnesty International.

Human rights.

Guide to criminal law.

 Facebookdiscussion group on ‘stealing’ from the internet.


Article on giving prisoners the right to vote.

 For the latest news.




Committed to fighting world poverty. Also has links to countries worldwide.

Resources for children about world poverty.

Department for International Development is the part of the UK government that manages Britain's aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty.

 Charity striving to alleviate hunger and suffering.

 The United Nations website.


Oxfam’s education website designed for teachers in UK but with a range of material which may be suitable for international schools.

 Information and resources for poverty in different countries.

 Children’s’ rights.



Guide to the laws concerning sport and recreation.

Sport and recreation alliance in the UK.


The foundation for global sports development.

World Recreation Educational Association.

 Information about the Olympic Games.


Computers for schools. Information about recycling computers and providing technology inthe developing world.

 Article about the digital divide stm

Article about bridging the digital divide.

The digital divide network.


Article about ICT improving the quality of life in developing countries.

The digital divide institute.

 Response to the digital divide.



 Website of the Fair-trade Foundation.

 Pioneering fair trade chocolate with Comic Relief. Information for consumers on how to buy ethically-sourced goods.

Trade in Blood Diamonds. Rafiki projects: Fair trade around the world and Free and Fair



An organisation that aims to build relationships between

different communities in the UK.

Stories of journeys to Britain in the last 200 years.

culture Discussions about culture.

 Ideas for teaching about traditions and culture. Multicultural, Cross-cultural & Intercultural Games & Activities.

Rafiki project on Celebrations.

Rafiki project on diversity: Diverse Links.



The history of transport and travel.

 Article about the online electric vehicle.

 Article about future transportation

Discussion about Transport – Global challenges. URBANISATION

 Friends of the Earth website.

 Some aerial photos of urban areas. Includes teaching resources.

Staffordshire Learning Network is a geographical site with teaching suggestions, many of them tried in the classroom

 Up-to-date articles about geographical issues. Registration required for full use.

 Explore, search and discover by combining the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world’s geographical information at your fingertips. Free download for PC, Mac, or Linux.

 Teacher resources supporting the integration of a global perspective across the curriculum in Australia. Resources also for other Global Perspectives’ topics.

Teacher resources for Geography topics.



International website with country specific pages

 American website. National Resource Defence Council working

towards protection of natural resources.


An online resource for students about water.

A website setup to look at the geopolitics of water in the Middle East.


Information about water shortage.

 Canadian website about water.

 Links to sites about water. About the use of water in food and


Water sanitation and health.

 Human rights education associates.

Resources for teachers about food and water

Food and agriculture organisation of the United Nations. Resources for teachers.