DECSY manages a rich variety of projects involving partnerships with schools and other organisations. These range from national projects such as bringing a global approach to SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) and developing links between schools in the UK and Southern countries based on justice rather than charity (Carbon Partners) to local projects such as developing collections of objects for loan to schools (Critical Objects). Our current partners are the Geographical Association, Sheffield ESCAL (Every Sheffield Child Articulate and Literate) and groups of schools in South Yorkshire. In all projects we seek to work alongside teachers and other educators to enhance global learning.
Click on the links to the left to find out more. There is also information about previous projects.
The Global Learning Programme (GLP)
The GLP is a ground-breaking new programme which will create a national network of like-minded schools, committed to equipping their students to make a positive contribution to a globalised world by helping their teachers to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3.
Gender Equality Charter Mark - EU funded project
The objective of this EU funded project is to create whole-school change in schools for 13–18 year olds, that will impact on young people’s expectations of gender roles and challenge gender stereotyping through the creation of a Gender Equality Charter Mark (GECM) quality standard and accreditation tool. This tool will enable a school to measure progress in tackling the effects that gender stereotyping still has on pupils in relation to both subject (and career) choices and as a root cause of sexual harassment and gender-based violence in schools and wider society.
Creating a Charter Mark was a key 'next step' idea from the teachers involved in DECSY’s Gender Respect Project. This tool will enable a school to measure progress in tackling the effects that gender stereotyping still has on pupils in relation to both subject (and career) choices and as a root of sexual harassment and gender-based violence in schools and wider society. This project will work with partners developing similar Charter Marks in Hungary and Italy.
Once created, the Gender Equality Charter Mark will be trialled in three secondary schools in each country.
In the near future we hope to secure funding to create a Charter Mark for Primary Schools as well. We are keen to hear from schools interested in taking part in a Primary School pilot phase. Please contact DECSY to express an interest.
For more information about our work with Gender Equality in schools please see our Gender Respect Project 2013 - 2016 report here: Project Evaluation Report
and the Gender Respect Project website: https://genderrespect2013.wordpress.com/about/
Gender Respect Education Project
This is a three year (2013-2016) project bringing together teachers of pupils aged 4-14 along with creative practitioners and young people to develop engaging, participatory and creative curriculum activities and materials. These will help children and young people to understand, question and challenge gender inequality and violence in a local-global context. For the project website with lesson plans, blogs and links click here.
SEAL & The Global Dimension
The key objective of this project is to provide clear pathways and appropriate resources for embedding the Global Dimension (GD) within the SEAL programme.
Building Communities through Dialogue
This 3-year project (2011-14) funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation aimed at using dialogic learning methods to enable young people to have an increased ability to communicate constructively and build trust with people from different backgrounds from their own.
P4C national SAPERE project
DECSY is part of a national SAPERE (umbrella organisation for P4C) evaluation project funded by the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) designed to find out the extent to which P4C can raise standards in schools with substantial numbers of pupils in areas of lower socio-economic groups.
DECSY is working with Sheffield Initiative for Fairtrade to promote Fairtrade in the city.
The Schools Linking Programme
DECSY is working as part of The Linking Network to deliver the Schools Linking Programme, running in Sheffield and Rotherham in 2017 and 2018 which aims to bring communities together by linking schools from different areas across each city. The project will bring together sets of two classes from demographically diverse schools creating year-long curriculum rich class links for pupils in Key Stages 2 or 3. School Linking has just been endorsed and funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Department for Education (DfE).
'The linking model can have a positive impact on many aspects of pupil's skills, attitudes, perceptions and behaviours, particularly their respect for others, their self-confidence and their self-efficacy, as well as broadening the social groups with whom they interact.'
National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) evaluation of School Linking
This linking programme builds on the success of the Building Communities Through Dialogue project, (2011 - 2014), run by DECSY and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation aimed at using dialogic learning methods to enable young people to have increased ability to communicate constructively and build trust with people from different backgrounds to their own.