Global Awareness at Dunhurst involves teaching students about different nations and cultures, as well as their civic duties and rights both locally and globally. This will give our pupils the ability to understand, respect and work well with people from diverse cultures, this is increasingly important for social and academic success in an interconnected world.

The aim of Global Awareness is to guide our pupils to become global citizens who are open to those raised in different countries, cultures and religious settings. Creating an opportunity to open students’ eyes to how everyday decisions in their own lives can impact the lives of people around the globe.

The world is as big as it ever was, but it certainly can feel smaller - especially to our new generation of students - because of the power of the internet and global communications. What happens in faraway countries can seem as close as what happens across town.

The guiding principle behind Global Awareness is to create a more peaceful and just society. Doing so requires an understanding of people from other backgrounds, the world around us and how we find our place in this world. Global Awareness can have one of the strongest impacts on young people in achieving that goal.


Global Awareness at Dunhurst is about learning and undertaking activities which will enable all young people to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, making progress and achieving
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

Global Awareness encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people's lives, now and in the future.

Key concepts

  • Conflict resolution
  • Diversity
  • Human rights
  • Interdependence
  • Social justice
  • Sustainable development, values and perceptions
  • Exploring interconnections between the local and global
  • Build knowledge and understanding, as well as developing skills and attitudes
  • Environmental interaction and sustainable development
  • Cultural understanding and diversity

Key skills

  • Appreciating and respecting personal and cultural differences
  • Being aware of the diverse needs, feelings and views of other people
  • Communicating and working with people from different countries and backgrounds
  • Understanding how world issues may affect society and people's lives
  • Being able to consider issues within different contexts - local, national and international

As we travel more, and increasingly live and work in different countries as part of a multinational and global business environment, many employers now look for global awareness in their recruits.

Head of Global Awareness: David Ellis