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Teaching Resources

Always be prepared with the best resources for your students.  The MTA recommends the following sites to help you plan, develop and deliver good, fun and interesting lessons.

Barnaby Bear – Revamped primary Geography website from the Geographical Association with new content added.

BBC Education – gateway to the BBC’s educational resources for teachers and children.

Book Aid – Book Aid International works with partner organisations in the South to improve access to books and information for the most disadvantaged. Includes resources for schools.

British Council – exists to build lasting relationships between the UK and other countries, focussing on the educational and cultural.

British Library’s Learning Zone – includes ’21st Century Citizen’ – a web resource to support Citizenship for the 11-16s.

Centre for Alternative Technology – focuses on globally sustainable technologies; offers visits, courses and publications.

Centre for Research in Education and the Environment (CREE) – Focuses on educational issues relating to the environment and sustainability – from the Department of Education at Bath University.

Citizenship Foundation – provides support for Citizenship in primary schools.

Citizenship Pieces – examples of good Citizenship in Tower Hamlets’ schools.

Climate Choices – Children’s Voices – website from Practical Action, exploring the impact of our food choices on communities in developing countries. Aimed at teachers of years 5 and 6, the site features case studies, worksheets, videos, power point presentations, a carbon calculator and games.

Comic Relief – offers free curriculum resources to support teaching on the issues behind Red Nose Day.

Commission for Racial Equality – a non-governmental body tackling racial discrimination.

Commonwealth Institute – aims to expand young people’s cultural horizons.

Council for Environmental Education – works to put sustainable development at the heart of education.

CREATE – a government organisation promoting energy education.

Department for International Development (DfID) – a UK government department, which works to promote sustainable development and eliminate world poverty.

Development Education Association (DEA) – the DEA is a national umbrella body aiming to support and promote the work of all those engaged in raising awareness and understanding of global and development issues in the UK.

Development Education Centres in the UK – A-Z list of all DECs in the UK.

Development Education Centre (South Yorkshire) – DEC(SY) – details the services offered by DEC(SY), and their projects.

Development Education Exchange in Europe (DEEEP) – aims to strengthen the capacity of non-governmental development organisations to deliver grass roots development education.

Dubble – provides Fair Trade chocolate information for children and teachers.

Eco Schools – a Europe-wide project and award programme which encourages whole school action for the environment.

Education for Sustainability – London South Bank University’s EFS Programme offers post-graduate courses from CPD to Masters level, aimed at providing personal and professional development for anyone involved in communicating sustainability, whatever the context.

Educational Resources – the educational resources centre for students, teachers and parents. Provides links to carefully selected education related material on the Internet.

Eduweb – an American site offering interactive activities and stories to promote learning on slavery, the Amazon and endangered species.

EHL Virtual Campus – Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) is a web-based resource center offering teaching materials on International Humanitarian Law for young people between 13 and 18 years of age.

Fairtrade Foundation – works to guarantee a better deal for small producers worldwide.

Find Your Feet – overseas development charity working in six developingcountries: India, Malawi, Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho, and South Africa.

Free Tibet Campaign – campaigns on human rights in Tibet.

Friends of the Earth – a network of environmental pressure groups.

Geographical Association – furthers the study and teaching of geography.

Giving Nation – Giving Nation is a countrywide campaign in the UK, aiming to demonstrate to young people how to change the world by giving. Includes lesson plans.

GLADE – The Centre for Global and Development Education – the Development Education Centre for Yeovil, Somerset

Global Campaign for Education – promotes education as a basic human right, and mobilizes public pressure on governments and the international community to provide free, compulsory public basic education for all people.

Global Dimension for teachers (Department for International Development) – background information on the Global Citizenship curricula and a searchable database of teaching resources.

Global Dimension to Citizenship – gives background information to the global dimension in citizenship education, plus teaching ideas and case studies – from the Global Citizenship Consortium of the Development Education Association.

Global Education Derby – aims to help schools in Derby and Derbyshrie to integrate global perspectives and education for sustainable development into their policy and practice.

Global Eye – Worldaware’s site to promote understanding of development issues, for primary and secondary schools.

Global Footprints – provides primary schools with ideas and activities to take steps towards sustainable future

Global Learning On-Line – provides activities and information to support teaching about global issues.

GoodWeave – works to eradicate illegal child labour in the South Asian carpet industry.

Greenpeace – undertakes environmental lobbying, research and direct action.

Hertfordshire Grid for Learning – Hertfordshire Grid for Learning Provides news, resources for national curriculum subjects and learning programmes, School Admin information and links to Hertfordshire school web sites.

Human Rights Education Associates – a learning centre and resources from this international non-governmental organisation.

Hunger Banquet – Hunger Banquet is Oxfam America’s youth programme website, containing information and activities around food shortages and how groups are taking action to find solutions.

Institute for Citizenship – supports Citizenship in primary schools.

International Youth Foundation – works to improve the prospects of young people where they live, work and play.

Islamic Relief – a UK based aid agency that seeks to alleviate the poverty and suffering of the world’s poorest people.

J8: Change the World – Information and activities about the G8 for teachers and young people aged 13-16.

JCORE – Jewish Council for Racial Equality – JCORE works to promote awareness and active involvement in the Jewish community to combat racism and build a just, harmonious multi-cultural society.

Learn.co.uk – offers teaching resources based on the vast Guardian archive.

Leeds DEC – works in partnership with international development agencies and local structures and organisations to raise greater awareness of international development issues amongst young people and adults in the UK.

Link Community Development – Link Community Development is an international development organization working in the UK, Ghana, South Africa and Uganda. Its Schools Programme links schools in the UK with schools in these three African countries and its Global Teachers Programme offers teachers the opportunity to spend five weeks working in Southern schools over the summer.

Living Geography (Rotherham) – New lesson resources on the regeneration of the Rotherham area, part of the Geographical Association’s Living Geography project.

Local4Global – LaSER (the London and South East England regions) – works to enhance and increase the global dimension in schools. Their website, Local 4 Global, provides support and shares learning among a community of teachers and educators in London and South East England.

Luton Lifelong Learning Grid – the Luton Lifelong Learning Grid opens up a world of learning, support information and materials for all learners from the early years to adult education.

Manchester Development Education Project – includes classroom activities.

Minority Rights Group International – an international non-governmental organisation working to secure rights for minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide.

Muslim Aid – Muslim Aid is an international relief and development agency working to alleviate the suffering among the world’s poorest and most needy communities regardless of race, gender, nationality or political opinion.

National Botanic Garden of Wales – promotes a sustainable.approach to the environment.

National Curriculum Online – links every National Curriculum programme of study requirement to resources on the Curriculum Online.

National Deaf Children’s Society – for families, parents and carers; helps to maximise the skills and development of deaf children and young people.

National Grid for Learning Scotland – provides classroom materials, case studies and links to websites which support key areas of the Scottish curriculum.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) – focuses on child protection.

Norfolk Education and Action for Development (NEAD) – aims to show the environmental, economic, cultural and historic links that exist between people throughout the world, raise awareness and understanding of the causes of inequality and show how people can take action to create a more just and sustainable world. Their resource centre loans and sells teaching resources. They list contact details for a wide network of artists, performers and workshop facilitators who do schools’ work. They can organise participative sessions in schools to highlight and explore development issues.

Northern Grid for Learning – a consortium of LEAs within the north eastern region of England. They are working to provide on-line resources and better connectivity for schools, ensuring best value for schools and learning organisations across the region.

On The Line – a partnership between Oxfam GB, WWF-UK, and Channel 4 using the dawn of the new millennium as an opportunity for learning between North and South.

One World Week – raises awareness of, and takes action on, global issues.

People and Planet – UK campaigning organisation, including trade and climate themes, for sixth forms and university students.

Permaculture Association of Britain – provides training, networking and research on permaculture.

Plan-ed’s School Linking Programme – Plan is one of the largest child-centred community development organisations in the world, helping children and their families in 49 of the poorest countries to break the cycle of poverty. School Linking creates bonds between schools in the UK and developing countries, supported by a range of learning resources, to foster discussion and learning about global issues.

Practical Action – case-studies and activities exploring the role of technology in poverty alleviation.

Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) – aims to raise the profile of international issues and promote action for sustainable development, equality and social justice throughout the world. The site includes information on educational resources available to buy or hire, and a list of their events.

Refugee Council – helps and supports refugees and asylum seekers in Britain.

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) – provides information and support for anyone with serious sight problems.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) – focuses on welfare issues affecting animals in the UK and worldwide.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) – provides a range of primary and secondary resources.

Schools Councils UK – training and support for school and class councils.

SCOPE – focuses its work on people with cerebral palsy; works to achieve equality and civil rights for disabled people.

Share the World – Share the World is a resource for primary teachers, providing lesson plans and assembly ideas to help teach kindness and compassion to animals. Share the World has been promoted in many countries world-wide and a free hard copy of the pack including a video can be ordered from the Web site.

Sight Savers International – works to restore sight to people in the world’s poorest countries.

Surfers Against Sewage – education zone from anti ‘pump and dump’ ecological campaigners, linked to citizenship, for 11-16 year olds.

Survival International – supports tribal peoples.

TeachGlobal – features courses and resources to support the professional development of primary and secondary teachers wanting to extend their teaching of the global dimension through all aspects of school life.

Teachernet’s Citizenship pages – Teachernet’s Citizenship pages, including resources and whole school issues.

Teachers in Development Education (TIDE) – a teachers network, based in Birmingham, supporting creative work aimed to enhancing young people’s understanding of global dimensions, development perspectives and human rights principles. The site includes curriculum projects and a resource centre.

Teachers TV – website with many resources for teachers. Includes great programmes, interviews, and resources for teaching about education in Africa.

Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary – electronic information service covering global warming, climate change, sea-level rise and related issues.

Topmarks – searchable site to help with homework, GCSE and A Level revision and school studies. Find thousands of educational resources for teachers, pupils and parents.

Torbay Grid for Learning – Torbay’s site containing information on education from Torbay Council.

Tourism Concern – raises awareness and concern for the impact of tourism on communities and the environment.

The UN Works – The UN Works website puts a human face on serious issues(Business, Children, Development, Education, Emergencies, Environment,Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Rights Labour, Peace and Women) by telling stories about real people.
These stories are filled with resource links for teachers and students who want to learn more about the issues and get involved.

UNICEF’s Back on Track – An innovative programme designed to support and further international development work on education in emergencies and post-crisis transition countries.

UNICEF’s Child Friendly Schools – The organization’s signature means to advocate for and promote quality education for every girl and boy.

UNICEF’s Voices of Youth – international (and multilingual) discussion groups on rights and youth issues, quizzes and teachers’ discussions.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – regionally-based education officers run free CPD sessions on integrating the Convention of the Rights of the Child into the Citizenship curriculum.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights – from the Roosevelt Institute (USA), created to celebrate 50 years of the declaration. Background, history and ideas for action.

War on Want – campaigns against the causes of poverty and helps the dispossessed to fight back.

Waste Watch – takes action on waste reduction, reuse, recycling.

Wateraid – provides safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people.

World Bank’s Development Education Programme – includes sustainable development learning resources.

Worldaware – includes curriculum guidance, an online catalogue, projects and details of the resource
centre for London schools and colleges.

World Education Development Group (WEDG) – East Kent‘s Global Education Centre providing resources and information to schools and colleges about Global Citizenship.