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Introduction to St. Cuthbert’s International Work

At St. Cuthbert’s, we value children’s international learning very highly and encourage children to explore and understand their role as part of our ‘global community’. We provide opportunities for children to consider how their actions have an impact on their neighbours across the globe and on the world around them, encouraging the children to allow that knowledge and understanding to positively influence their day-to-day choices.
International learning is woven throughout the curriculum, with exploration of the Global Sustainable Development Goals embedded into a range of subjects and topics throughout the year. Children work on projects with our global partnership schools (currently including schools in France, Tanzania and India) and through more locally based projects, such as the ‘Scholars into Schools’ projects organised by Durham University.
These projects provide the children with a real-life context for their learning and give them the opportunities to develop their understanding and appreciation of cultures, traditions and languages other than our own. We work hard to challenge perceptions and expand the children’s global understanding and experience. Through this, the children learn to treat themselves and others with respect, understanding and empathy, celebrating each other’s similarities and differences. We help children to understand and value others’ way of life, guiding them in recognising how much we can learn from each other and how we can all work together, as equal and respected partners, to build a better world for ourselves and for our global neighbours and friends.
Through our MFL curriculum, we also encourage the children to embrace their role as a ‘global citizen’ and recognise the value of language as a tool in building relationships, positive communication and showing respect for others. The children explore and develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing to enable them to use and apply their French learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning in KS3 and beyond.
Being a faith school, our international work and educating the children as global citizens has an additional facet. We use scripture and resources from CAFOD to support the children’s understanding of the world around them, their global neighbours and the effect humans are having on the planet. We strive to equip them with the knowledge and skills to become a responsible life-long global citizen, caring about their world and becoming more adept and proactive in living positively and harmoniously with their global neighbours.

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