Local and Global Citizenship

Local and Global Citizenship

Local and Global Citizenship involves discussing controversial issues surrounding diversity, equality and justice, democracy and active participation. Pupils have opportunities to identify and clarify their own values and attitudes. They also learn how to recognise, understand and manage their emotions and behaviour in a range of situations.

Local and Global Citizenship is important because it helps young people learn how to participate positively in society, to influence democratic processes and to make informed and responsible decisions as local and global citizens throughout their lives.

Local Global Citizenship is based on the following themes, which are addressed in local, national, European and global contexts:

  • Human Rights and Social Responsibility;
  • Diversity and Inclusion;
  • Equality and Social Justice; and
  • Democracy and Active Participation.

For further details see the Statutory Requirements for Local and Global Citizenship.

Key elements

Local and Global Citizenship is underpinned by the Key Elements of Citizenship, Cultural Understanding, Media Awareness and Ethical Awareness.


For more information on Key Stage 3 Local and Global Citizenship, contact

Kathryn Gilbert
(028) 9026 1200 extension 2632



Lawfulness Lawfulness

The following films and accompanying resources were created by Cinemagic Belfast to support the NI government's Fresh Start Plan (2015) and its aim to promote the rule of law and tackle paramilitary activity.

NICCY - Promoting the Rights of Children & Young People UNCRC Resource Hub

CCEA and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) have partnered to create this child rights resource hub for teachers and pupils. Its aim is to provide a range resources that will help to tell children and young people about their rights, as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Global Dimension Global Dimension

We have developed these resources to encourage pupils to explore the Global Dimension in their learning at Key Stage 3. The Global Dimension incorporates the key concepts of global citizenship, conflict resolutions, diversity, human rights, interdependence, social justice, sustainable development and values and perceptions.


EU4U is a Local and Global Citizenship resource that helps pupils to understand their role as EU citizens and the impact of the EU on their lives.

Local and Global Citizenship Local and Global Citizenship

A practical resource to support schools to meet the curriculum requirements for Local and Global Citizenship at Key Stage 3.

Teaching Controversial Issues at Key Stages 3 & 4Teaching Controversial Issues at Key Stages 3 & 4

This guidance supports principals, senior leaders/managers and teachers to plan and develop approaches to teaching controversial issues at whole-school and classroom levels.

LLW Integrated Activities

Drugs and Society (Personal Development / Local and Global Citizenship) 4.7 MB - uploaded 21-04-2015

Drugs and Society (Resource 1) 1.4 MB - uploaded 21-04-2015

Drugs and Society (Resource 3) 1.1 MB - uploaded 21-04-2015

Migrant Workers (Employability / Local and Global Citizenship) 6.3 MB - uploaded 21-04-2015

Migrant Workers (Resource 1) 3.9 MB - uploaded 21-04-2015

Useful Links and Media Clips

Please review all links to judge their suitability before using them with your class.

Global Learning Programme globallearningni.com This website provides schools with resources, case studies and information on local training that will support them to educate for a fair and sustainable world through all areas of the curriculum.

Free Teaching Resources free-teaching-resources.co.uk Free Personal, Social, Health and Economic Key Stage 3 teaching resources for post-primary teachers

Northern Ireland Assembly niassembly.gov.uk Information about all aspects of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Northern Ireland Equality Commission equalityni.org Information about delivering equality for the individual and the employer

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission nihrc.org Champions and guards the rights of all those who live in Northern Ireland

Joined up – developing good relations in the school community community-relations.org.ukThis resource provides practical ideas and support to help teachers and other educators become more confident in creating and delivering engaging activities relating to identity, diversity and conflict.

Association for Citizenship Teaching – resources teachingcitizenship.org.uk ACT is the subject association for Citizenship, representing teachers and others involved in Citizenship education. It provides a wide range of teaching resources that can be filtered by type.

Amnesty International – Right Here Right Now amnesty.org.uk This resource is for teachers who want to explore with their pupils the role of human rights in our day-to-day lives and demonstrate a human rights approach in their work.

British Red Cross redcross.org.uk Free resources, ideal for Citizenship and PSHE teaching, tutor time and across the curriculum

British Red Cross Newsthink redcross.org.uk Pupils improve their ability to share opinions, analyse world events and develop a critical understanding of the media with regular practice.

Citizenship Foundation citizenshipfoundation.org.uk Inspires young people to take part in society as equal members. Their resources provide practical support for citizenship education.

Children in Crossfire childrenincrossfire.org Responds to the rights and needs of children and young people caught in the crossfire of global poverty, injustice and inequality

Children in Crossfire: Development Education childrenincrossfire.org Development Education (Dev Ed) is about understanding global interconnectedness. It helps young people to develop the skills and values to become the citizens that our world needs.

UNICEF – Children’s Rights Education Toolkit unicef.org A resource to support children’s rights education in the classroom setting

Facing History and Ourselves facinghistory.org This is a non-profit international educational and professional development organisation. Its mission is to engage pupils from diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice and antisemitism to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.

Global Dimension barclayslifeskills.com This site brings together resources, case studies and background information to help teachers and other educators bring a global dimension to their work.

The Guardian – Citizenship Teaching Resources globaldimension.org.uk The Guardian Teacher Network has up-to-date citizenship teaching resources and ideas for citizenship teaching across all ages.

Oxfam – resources oxfam.org.uk The Oxfam Education website offers hundreds of free online resources, lesson plans, teaching ideas, and support and guidance for education practitioners.

Shelter Classroom Kit shelterclassroomkit.org.uk The Citizenship Key Stage 3 module uses games, debate cards, video and case studies to encourage pupils to explore homelessness and housing need, to consider how better neighbourhoods influence quality of life, to examine arguments for house building and to gain an insight into housing law and Shelter’s work.

Salve International salveinternational.org Free teaching resources designed to help teachers explore important issues including children’s rights, global inequality and life on the streets with the next generation of learners

Media Clips

Search YouTube for videos, for example:

What is poverty? youtube.com What is poverty? What causes poverty? Does how we define poverty affect how we tackle it? What part do you play in reducing poverty?

The Story of Human Rights youtube.com

Predjudice and discrimination youtube.com


The following resources were funded and created through the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council Media Grant Scheme:

Bridging The Gap

This is a 60-minute film, accompanied by a trailer. The film explores the experiences of newcomer pupils in Craigavon schools. The film capture the views and experiences of pupils, parents, educators, academics and leaders in the Community Intercultural Programme. It considers the challenges newcomer pupils may face and in particular the language barrier.

Bridging The Gap Taster youtube.com

Bridging The Gap youtube.com Kettle of Fish (LJHSTV Community Interest Company) (Paul Moorehead)

Where is Belfast

This is a 20-minute film, accompanied by a short trailer. The film examines the experiences and challenges of young migrants living in local communities.

Where is Belfast - Trailer - To view the Trailer enter the password: trailer  vimeo.com

Where is Belfast - Final Film - To view the film enter the password: finalfinal  vimeo.com Film-maker: Priya Biring

Voices of the New Belfast

Voices of the New Belfast is a documentary film project that focuses on the lives and experiences of nine individuals from other countries who have come to live in Belfast. The documentary consists of nine films each accompanied by a short introductory text. Each film captures real stories and explores the experiences of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The film deals with some of the issues that affect these people and their communities.

Voices of the New Belfast voicesofthenewbelfast.org Film makers: Jonathan Agnew, Gerard Stewart and Stuart Sloan

Fleadh Con(fus)ion

Fleadh Con(fus)ion Engagement of Londonderry Bands Forum with the All Ireland Fleadh in Derry and training/facilitation.

Key Stage 3 learning resource in 3 units, stereotypes, cultural identity and learning on the Cultúrlann website:

Fleadh Con(fus)ion culturlann-doire.ie Documentary and training resource that is intended as one of a series working with Londonderry Bands Forum.

The choices we made: Bystanding and Conflict in Northern Ireland

Film and education guide dealing with the legacy of the Troubles through the real life stories of people through focusing on their individual choices and behaviours when they felt they did not stand up to a perceived injustice.

The choices we made - Bystanding and Conflict in Northern Ireland (Trailer) vimeo.com

Spring Farm Learning To Live Together

This is an eight-minute film about people's experiences of living in the Spring Farm Community in Antrim. Spring Farm is integrated community, which has around 40% of people from ethic minatory groups, 30% Catholic and 30% Protectants. The film illustrates diversity and inclusion in a local community.

Springfarm - Living Together youtube.com