For each subject area, key resources have been selected that we have found particularly useful for exploring global perspectives.

Some of these are publications, others are websites or downloadable resources. Most of these recommendations will take you to publishers and organisations offering a great deal of additional support.

In some cases it was difficult to decide which subject a resource should appear in so we recommend you have a look at resources recommened in related subjects. E.g. the website 1001 inventions is listed under science, but is also useful for history teachers.

These resources are offered as a starting point. For a comprehensive list of resources visit the Tide~ online catalogue or go to

Art and Design

The Arts: The global dimension
A booklet that demonstrates how the global dimension can enrich teaching and learning about the arts. Includes Art & Design, Dance, Drama and Music.

Free download available from Think Global

HeART of West Africa ~ textiles and global issues
A practical book with symbols, images and simple techniques for exploring cultural identity and sustainability issues through textiles.

Nicci Wilson, Global Education Derby

Tara Books is an independent publishing house based in India, producing beautiful books, hand-made using traditional techniques. Visit their website to find out more about their ethos and to see how the books are made – Their titles are available from Frances Lincoln tara catalogue


Right Here, Right Now ~ Teaching citizenship through human rights
Designed to support the revised KS3 Citizenship curriculum, this handbook offers lesson plans for exploring human rights and the other key concepts of Democracy & Justice and Identity & Diversity.

Copies available from Ministry of Justice and British Institute of Human Rights.

Getting started with Global Citizenship
Written for trainee teachers or those newly qualified, this resource offers a range of classroom activities and suggests links to other curriculum areas.

Available to download from Oxfam

Whose citizenship? A teacher’s toolkit
Offers a toolkit of ideas for enabling a global approach to ‘local’ citizenship investigations. Teachers involved share their insights and reflections about key principles and potential pitfalls.

Tide~ global learning  Click here for details

Citizenship Foundation
This an independent education charity publishing resources and case studies. The downloads section includes Education for Citizenship, diversity and race equality, Ending slavery: an unfinished business and Teaching about controversial issues.

Design and technology

Practical Action
Aims to use simple technology to support people around the world. The education section provides practical support to help teachers address sustainability through quality resources and CPD opportunities.

Primary design and technology for the future ~ Creativity culture and citizenship
The ideas that permeate throughout this book will inspire all teachers. It challenges teachers to think about how D&T can be used to explore children’s cultural development and sense of citizenship.

Alan Howe, Dan Davies and Ron Ritchie, David Fulton Publishers

Design like you give a damn
This has not been designed as a resource for teachers, but is an inspirational book for exploring creative design solutions aimed to improve lives. It showcases 80 contemporary solutions to such urgent needs as basic shelter, healthcare, education, and access to clean water, energy and sanitation.

Edited by Architecture for Humanity, Thames & Hudson

English and Drama

Rehearsing our roles
Drama-based activities to support work with children as active citizens. Enables them to explore possibilities and viewpoints in a dynamic, challenging yet safe way. This resource offers a toolkit of activities and ideas.  Tide~ global learning  Click here for details

Playing a part ~ Drama and citizenship
Provides support to teachers for enabling students to develop their skills for democracy: oracy, non-verbal communication, listening, debating and public speaking. Includes the text for a play used as a case study to illustrate ways for students to enhance their understanding of government.  Danny Braverman, Trentham Books

Open Spaces for Dialogue and Enquiry

OSDE is an educational tool to introduce global issues and perspectives in educational settings. It follows agreed principles to set up safe spaces where learners feel comfortable to express themselves and ask questions, whilst critically engaging with their own and others’ points of view. Booklets are downloadable from the website.

Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice

Cool Reads
Website established by two brothers aged 11 and 13 at the time. Young people are invited to review books on a wide variety of themes. The reviews can be searched by theme and the books are given a star rating.


Click here for recommended fiction for exploring issues of identity and diversity.


Secondary Geography Handbook
Aims to ‘inspire and support the professional learning of Geography teachers’. The chapters on Media literacy and geographical imaginations and Teaching geography for a sustainable future are particularly useful.  David Balderstone, Geographical Association

KS3 Geography teachers’ toolkit
A range of titles to support enquiry learning at KS3, including British or European: Who do you think you are? and Into Africa. Booklets are accompanied by a CD containing the teaching materials.  Geographical Association

What is development?
A comprehensive resource to support enquiry about development issues. Photos, world maps, cartoons, web support and teaching ideas provide a stimulus but also help teachers take a fresh look at development and how it is taught.  Tide~ global learning Click here for details

Geography in the news
From the Royal Geographical Society, this website provides background information on key geographical stories in the news and on TV. Full access for members only ~ a case study can be viewed for free.

People and Places ~ A 2001 census atlas of the UK
Provides an at-a-glance guide to social change in the UK and offers comparisons with the findings of the previous Census. The maps cover 125 topics and trends are explained and elaborated upon in the accompanying text.  Daniel Dorling and Bethan Thomas

Young People's Geographies
Managed by the Geographical Association, this website aims to bring together school geography and ideas from academic geography to look at practical ways in which young people and their geographies can support the ongoing process of curriculum making in school.  A place to get involved, set up your own blogs and take part in forums.


The T.E.A.C.H Report
Teaching Emotive and Controversial History 3-19
An excellent resource that shares case studies and frameworks for teaching sensitive issues through history. Can be downloaded from the Historical Association website.

Connecting Histories
The website shares some of the experiences and histories of Birmingham's different communities. The learning pages offer five packages sharing material from Birmingham’s archives. One case study gives an example of how the archive team attempted to identify a black school girl who lived in Birmingham in 1913.


Teaching and learning about the slave trade

Recommended resources and starting points available online.

Tide~ global learning Click here for details


Teachers’ ICT Toolkit

This page on the DCSF Global Gateway, is a portal signposting teachers to sites offering support for global partnerships, via the internet, e.g. elanguages and etwinning.

A blog set up by an ICT teacher interested in bringing the real world into the curriculum via the internet. Articles include ‘Giving ICT a global dimension’.

True Tube
An interactive debating website that allows students to speak out on important issues. The debates are stared with short films and the site provides the tools to enable students to upload their own videos. The education section has useful notes for teachers including International Development and Poverty and The Tourist Dilemma.


Human rights in the curriculum: Mathematics
One of a series designed to explore citizenship issues through the curriculum.

Amnesty International

Fact File 2009 ~ The facts and figures you need to understand the world we live in
Visually presents statistics around a broad range of issues including Britain & its citizens, environmental issues, food & drink, war & conflict, etc. The data source is shown at the bottom of each page. CD rom contains each page as a pdf and the statistics in Excel format.

Carel Press

State of the world atlas
Earthscan have produced a range of atlases on a variety of themes including The State of the World , The Atlas of Water, The Atlas of War and Peace and many others. The atlases contains statistics, use a variety of mapping techniques and give a visual portrayal of the state of our world.


If the world were a village
This book visually presents the world as a village of just 100 people, where 22 speak a Chinese dialect and 17 cannot read or write. Enables readers to grasp facts about the world’s population in a manageable way.

David J Smith, A&C Black

Modern Foreign Languages

Human rights in the curriculum
A handbook of teaching activities for exploring human rights issues through a range of subject areas including French and Spanish.

Amnesty International

Citoyens du Monde – La vie en RDC

A global citizenship resource based on interviews conducted in French with people in and from DR Congo. Excellent web back-up.

Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF)


Music for change
Music for Change is an educational arts charity that promotes awareness, understanding and respect for cultural diversity through music and the performing arts. Offers workshops and resources including educational DVDs on Kolkata and Sierra Leone.

The Arts: The global dimension
See entry under Art and Design.

Global Music Lesson Plans
Designed to tie in with Oxjam – Oxfam’s annual music event – these lesson plans celebrate music from across the globe. Weblinks are incorporated taking you to video clips, music clips and lyrics.

Physical Education

Dreams and teams
Managed and developed by the British Council and the Youth Sport Trust with local in-country partners, Dreams and Teams uses sport to develop international Young Leaders and establishes partnerships between schools around the world. Information about this and other sports programmes can be found at

Show racism the red card
Campaign using top footballers to educate against racism. Produces posters, DVDs and teaching resources.


Science: the global dimension
The ASE [Association for Science Education] and the DEA [Development Education Association] have published a booklet for teachers on science and the global dimension. The global section of the ASE website offers furthers support.


Global dimension to science website
Produced for secondary science teachers. Considers the importance of global dimensions in science and offers teaching ideas.

Open University

1001 inventions
An educational initiative exploring Muslim contributions to the modern world. The website is organised by theme – home, school, market, town world and so on. It also has links to a publication, posters and teacher’s pack.


What do we tell the children? Confusion, conflict and complexity
Helps teachers discuss conflict and other sensitive and complex issues with their students. Suggests ways for teachers to respond, and the words to use. Provides a wealth of resources and activities.
  Angela Gluck-Wood, Trentham Books

Who do we think we are?

An educational programme to support teachers exploration of identity, diversity and citizenship issues with children and young people. The initiative was started following the recommendations of Sir Keith Ajegbo in the Diversity and Citizenship review, for all schools to participate in a high profile, national event.

Religious Education

We work together…Can you?
Teaching ideas to help develop cooperation and thinking about peace and conflict on a global scale.

Developed by the Interfaith Education Group

Citizenship through secondary RE
This book highlights some of the key issues surrounding citizenship for the R.E. teacher. Themes include those of historical and immediate relevance to teaching citizenship through religious education such as asylum, freedom of belief and genocide.

Liam Gearon, Routledge

Three Faiths Forum
The aim of this organisation is build dialogue and lasting relationships between people of different faiths and beliefs. The website has resources for teaching about the conflict in Gaza and Israel and information about projects to further peace and dialogue between faiths.