Global Thinkers

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The opportunities our fast-changing ‘globalised’ world offers young people are enormous. But so too are the challenges. Young people are entitled to an education that equips them with the knowledge, skills and values they need in order to embrace the opportunities and challenges they encounter, and to create the kind of world that they want to live in. An education that supports their development as Global Citizens.

Global Thinking is at the heart of everything we do at ISL Surrey. This means that we are committed to providing children with more than lists of facts. Instead, we support them in becoming ‘big picture’ thinkers, with resilience, global competence, and the ability and motivation to engage with the world around them. We want our students to move forward into the world as capable and active citizens. We take our guidance in this from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Project Zero.

What is a Global Thinker?

Global Thinkers demonstrate an ability to:
• Enquire about the world, for example: engaging with ‘big questions’, exploring local-global connections, and seeking information beyond familiar environments
• Understand multiple perspectives - for example: considering cultural contexts, resisting stereotypes, and valuing our shared human dignity, especially when interacting with others whose paths differ greatly from their own
• Create respectful dialogue: communicating across differences appropriately, listening generously, and sharing courageously
• Take responsible action, by being inclined to see and frame opportunities to improve conditions, collaborating with others, and mobilising themselves to act accordingly.

Why does ISL Surrey focus on 'Global Thinking'?

We believe that students need to acquire rich bodies of knowledge but crucially that they also need develop the skills that enable them to apply this knowledge in meaningful ways.

Such a balance is often lacking in many schools, which have become more and more ‘exam results driven’. This leads to a curriculum, where the focus of learning is disproportionately on the ‘what’, rather than the ‘what for’. Test performance becomes the essence, rather than a feature of education.

We understand that education has a wider purpose. By designing varying learning experiences that have real significance and can be applied by students in differing contexts, we are nurturing global citizens: young people who are not only equipped to succeed in a changing world but who are also empowered to take actions which will impact positively on communities.

How does ISL Surrey develop Global Thinkers?

Our curriculum draws its content from the best models from around the world: The International Primary Curriculum (IPC), Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), White Rose Mathematics, Centre of Literacy and Primary Education.

Alongside this and running through all learning, we actively focus on the following areas in order to develop the skills and dispositions of global thinkers:

- student voice
- personalised learning
- critical thinking
- challenge and inclusion
- creativity
- well-being
- languages
- authentic learning.

Why not come along to one of our free workshops for parents to find about more about what it means to be a Global Thinker? Find out more about our Global Thinkers Workshop here and reserve your place.

Find out more about helping your child develop an understanding of who they are and their place in the world with this useful PDF