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Our passion for Global Education
DECSY exists to promote Global Learning: an approach to education that increases understanding of complex global issues, such as inequality, conflict, climate change, migration and different world views.
Working with schools and teachers to inspire
 and inform so that educators can confidently bring the global perspective into their teaching.

Training Courses


Global learning and support for the classroom
Courses running in academic year 2023/24 include:
Global Teachers Award - Thursday 20th & 27th June, online, 1.30pm - 4.30pm,  £175
This two day course provides you with a nationally validated qualification and enables you to enhance your use of global learning in the curriculum and promote active global citizenship with pupils - book now from our website.




Gender Action is a school award programme funded by Mission 44. This free programme offers:
● Access to a wide range of expert resources on tackling sexism
● Tailored support with action planning from our specialist trainers
● Online and In-person CPD training and networking opportunities
● Tiered progression so you can monitor your school’s progress at four levels:

Supporter – Initiator – Champion – Beacon


For a full list of courses head over to the DECSY Global Learning& Support Page

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 A whole school approach to tackling gender inequity
Join us at our networking event and commit to taking a whole school approach to gender inequity
Professor Gina Rippon and Mick Waters will give keynote inputs, with Sue Finnigan and Thom Winterbotham from Learn Sheffield providing a more local perspective.
Socially constructed, rigidly gendered roles negatively impact on many young people’s aspirations and limit the choices they make. The need for Gender Action was driven by over 15 years of research, from large-scale randomised, controlled trials to teacher-led classroom pilots, that show the need for a whole-school approach and a focus on addressing societal biases. Lasting change requires the full buy-in of the school management team and a ‘whole school’ approach. Piecemeal interventions, such as those at subject level, simply do not work.
Gender Action empowers teachers to create positive change, using a whole-school approach, so that pupils feel safe and thrive in school.

Our Work

Introductions and updates to our current projects, including ‘Gender Action’ and ‘Non-violent Action: a force for change’.

Hands on Resources

Lesson plans, teaching packs and useful links including ‘Colonialism, Slavery & the Industrial Revolution’.

How we work

We offer a range of training courses to teachers and schools, with our skilled staff providing support for understanding current events as well as understanding of complex global issues.

Current courses cover issues such as climate change (climate anxiety, eco-anxiety), gender equality, stereotyping and critical thinking and include:

Planning a broad and balanced curriculum through global learning
Engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Philosophy for Children
Gender Equity in Schools – a whole-school approach (Gender Action)
Sustainability and Climate Change – developing a whole school approach
Teaching topical, controversial and sensitive issues
We work on specific projects that enhance Global Learning teaching resources and research.

Current projects include:

Gender Action
The Schools Linking Network – linking pupils across different schools in Sheffield and Rotherham
Non-violent action: a force for change
Recent and current funders and supporting bodies have included:
European Union, DFID, The Nineveh Charitable Trust, Sheffield City Council, The Linking Project, and individual donors.

Is gender equity at the heart of policy and practice in your educational setting?
Gender Action is an award programme which promotes and supports a whole-school approach to challenging stereotypes. Demonstrate your commitment to ensuring all young people can reach their full potential.

Register now for free  training and support

Download resources

Colonialism, Slavery and The Industrial Revolution. A Case Study: The Empire in South Yorkshire 1700 – 1860

December 2023

Developing Global Learners

December 2023

Olaudah Equiano in Sheffield

December 2023

The Nine Silly Brothers

December 2023


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You are welcome to come and visit our Resource Centre where you will find over 3000 resources for sales, loan or reference.

The Resource Centre also provides an artefacts loan service and access to recommended websites, and staff can offer assistance in finding human resources, in the form of artist/educators from Africa, Asia and other parts of the world.

Centre staff can offer specialist advice on resources for teaching about citizenship, distant places, development, human rights, peace, environment, diversity and equal opportunities issues. Staff can help with resourcing all areas of your curriculum including literacy, geography, history, maths, science, SMSC and music & arts. There are resources to support whole school development: Eco-schools, Fair Trade, Rights Respecting Schools, P4C Awards, Global Schools Award, International Schools Award.

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Scotia Works

Leadmill Road


S1 4SE



0114 241 2750

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