This page highlights the key elements of the current strong policy context for global citizenship education in Scotland. It also signposts information relating to EU policy in this area.


Scottish policy

Curriculum for Excellence

"Global citizenship is not an add-on to Curriculum for Excellence – it is central to it"
Mike Russell MSP, 2011, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

Global citizenship is embedded across the experiences and outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence and is a key cross-cutting theme.

Learning for Sustainability

Scottish pupils now have an entitlement to Learning for Sustainability (click to link to address below), an umbrella term covering Global Citizenship, Sustainable Development Education and Outdoor Learning. IDEAS was represented on the One Planet School Ministerial Working Group. Scottish Government have set up an Implementation Board to take forward the recommendations of the One Planet Schools/Learning for Sustainability report

GTCS Standards

IDEAS was represented on the GTCS Learning for Sustainability Advisory Group which supported the embedding of Learning for Sustainability across the new suite of Standards as one of three key themes.

European Policy

In 2013 the European Parliament called on Member States and the European Commission to strengthen development education across Europe. The declaration, which promotes the strengthening of development education policies, both at national and European level represents a paramount political milestone for the development education sector.

DEEEP, the Development Education Exchange in Europe Project, has a website offering a wide-ranging overview of Development Education across Europe.