DECSY Publications

DECSY has developed a variety of educational resources covering topics including colonialism, whole-school development of global learning, teaching the global dimension and more.

Some of these resources are free to download from the Teaching Resources page of the Members’ Area. (DECSY Membership is free; to become a Member sign up on the Membership page).

Others resources are available to purchase from the Resource Centre. We offer the following payment options: PayPal, BACs transfer, cash, cheque. During this time of lockdown, these resources are still available. Please place your order at:

Colonialism, Slavery and The Industrial Revolution. A Case Study: The Empire in South Yorkshire 1700 – 1860
Free to download from the Teaching Resources page of the  Members’ Area.

This teaching resource receives consistently outstanding reviews and is a useful resource for Key Stage 3 History Content Study Unit: Britain, 1745 – 1901 (History in the National Curriculum, 2014)

‘This is the best teacher resource I’ve encountered, not just in relation to this topic, but across all of my teaching. I have been using this resource consistently for 15 years, first as a secondary history teacher, and subsequently as a PGCE tutor. It incorporates multiple perspectives, provides real (and really interesting) source material and includes some fantastic classroom activities that work brilliantly. I’d recommend it to anyone teaching history as a key resource.’  
Lee Jerome, Lecturer in Education, Queen’s University, Belfast.

Olaudah Equiano in Sheffield
Free to download from the Teaching Resources page of the Members’ Area

The pack inspired by the drama workshop, ‘Mr Equiano comes to Sheffield’, by Dead Earnest Theatre. This pack can stand alone as a set  of resources for teaching about the history of slavery and abolition and has been specifically designed for primary head teachers, subject leaders of history, citizenship and English, classroom teacher and Key Stage 2 Pupils.

“I can whole heartedly recommend this resource. It provides many interesting exercises for pupils and teachers to examine the historical significance of the Slave Trace and manages to make this all the more vivid by linking it to people and events connected to Sheffield. I hope it is used in all our Primary and Secondary Schools.” Chris Anderson, (previously) School Improvement Adviser, Learning & Achievement Service, Sheffield City Council.

Moving Here – The Refugee Experience
Free to download from the Teaching Resources page of the  Members’ Area.

You are 16. Your parents have been killed. You may be next. What do you do? Flee…… to the UK where they’ve promised to protect your human rights. You are 40. Your work and your criticism of an oppressive regime means the state wants you dead. What do you do? Flee…… to the UK where they’ve promised to protect your human rights. But when you get there you are told you are a scrounger – you’re bogus – and you deserve to be beaten up. Welcome to Britain.

‘Moving Here’ is a programme of engaging Citizenship, PSHE and English activities for Year 6 – Year 13 pupils which includes participation in an exciting, interactive exhibition about refugees and asylum seekers.

Key Stages 2-4 English and Citizenship
The National Curriculum-linked activities contained in this book are designed to help pupils learn about:
Identity     Rights     Exclusion     Prejudice     Migration

as a prelude to a series of activities (including visiting the exhibition) which aim to build understanding and empathy with refugees and asylum seekers. The final sections of the book help pupils explore options and choices for taking action and provide a wide range of references to web sites and printed materials for further work.

Developing Global Learners 

This handbook illustrates how cultural diversity and race equality work can be enhanced through improving staff awareness about their own ‘culture’ and by incorporating a global dimension in the curriculum. The handbook has been developed from work done by DECSY’s Cultural Mentor team with Early Years and Playwork settings in Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

“I really enjoyed reading about the psychology behind the activities and I really liked the book-based activities.”  Judith Butler, Rainbow Forge Nursery, Sheffield.

Cost: £5, to purchase a copy please contact:

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The Nine Silly Brothers

A lively collection of folk stories from Eritrea with notes and teaching activity ideas for making global connections through story in the upper primary and secondary classroom. The stories come from an oral tradition passed down through the generations, which have been collected and written down by an Eritrean author Guemesh Isaak.

Price: £3.50, to purchase a copy please contact:

How do we know it’s working? -book two

This toolkit supports teachers in finding out what pupils think about local and global issues. It contains 42 engaging, participant-led activities for all age groups, designed to support teachers in measuring the impact their teaching has on pupil’s attitudes. Enhanced by teacher’s case studies, it shared examples of how each activity can be used to inform planning, teaching and evaluation.

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Teaching The Global Dimension -A handbook for teacher education

The handbook has been developed as part of the Initial Teacher Education and Training (ITET) program to embed the global dimension into teacher training. It is intended to help you gain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding the global dimension and to then assist you in supporting trainee teachers in addressing the global dimension through their own teaching. It also aims to highlight how the global dimension can in fact, assist trainee teachers in achieving QTS standards.

The handbook includes: Global dimension concepts / Historical background / The distinction between the global dimension and the international dimension in England / Case studies from university tutors / Critical thinking pedagogy / Stimulus quotes for the global dimension concepts / A big picture of the national curriculum / Learning and thinking skills framework / International schools award case study / Further useful resources

“Global learning enhances teaching in all subjects and at all levels. It makes teaching more meaningful and engaging for both teachers and pupils.” Hetan Shah, Chief Executive, DEA

“With its focus on connecting the global dimension to Qualified Teacher Status Standards, the Every Child Matters Agenda and continuing professional development for teachers, this publication breaks new ground and offers bot theory and practical ideas in a helpful blend.” Andy Jones, Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor, Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University

Price: £15, to purchase a copy please contact:

Whole School Development and the Global Dimension  -capturing models of practice across the UK

This report focusses on embedding the global dimension across a whole-school community. It outlines the many elements, identified by development education practitioners, that contribute to this process. Examples of current practice are provided, together with detailed information about relevant awards, benchmarking and self-assessment frameworks. We hope that ‘Whole-School Development and the Global Dimension’ will provide a useful resource to the development education network in taking forward this support, and to schools through identifying opportunities for strengthening global dimensions in subject curricula and the whole-school environment.

“Suddenly development education isn’t on the fringe – it is mainstream.” Alison Huntley, Global schools protect co-ordinator, Leeds Development Education Centre

Price: £5, to purchase a copy please contact:

-Who Am I? DVD

With the help of their schools, family, friends, creative artists and more, the presenters put Somali history under the spotlight and ask if the past is relevant to their life in the UK. Their film is supported by an interactive CD-ROM to help inspire students from KS2-4 to take on their own journey of cultural enlightenment.

“I think the DVD provides a much-needed resource for schools that introduces and celebrates Somali history and culture using the authentic voices of Somali young people.”  Mike Pollard, Deputy-Head, Silverdale School, Sheffield

Price: £3.50, to purchase a copy please contact:

‘The film can also available from this YouTube link:



Timanyane – Making the most of school visits by artists from Africa and around the world

Key stage 2

The publication offers practical guidance on how to go about working with an artist/educator from countries of the ‘South’.

Download the workbook here: Timanyane Workbook

This publication aims to support teachers in using the affective power of experienced artist/educators from countries of the ‘South’ (Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean) to celebrate the diversity and complexity of other cultures; challenge negative perceptions about people from countries of the ‘South’; raise understanding about world development issues; encourage a greater commitment to global citizenship in the school community; integrate work with Southern artists into the broader school curriculum and help to meet OFSTED requirements. The publication offers practical guidance on how to go about working with an artist. It gives 10 examples of activities for use before, during and after the visit of the artist. It includes a directory of North of England-based Southern artists, and diagrams demonstrating links with the English National Curriculum.

‘Timanyane is an excellent publication with a thought-provoking array of practical activities, all mapped to the National Curriculum. Use it to help unlock the huge potential of arts education to support global citizenship.’ Ken Dunn, Assistant Headteacher, The City School, Sheffield



Pakistan – Extended Visit Workbook

Key stage 2

This full-colour pupil workbook has been developed to recognise and record the learning experiences of Key Stage 2 pupils who are on extended holiday in Pakistan.

Download the workbook here: Pakistan Workbook

This full-colour pupil workbook has been developed to recognise and record the learning experiences of Key Stage 2 pupils who are on extended holiday in Pakistan. The exercises are all linked to the National Curriculum for England. One of the aims of the publication is to validate the cultural and geographic experience of pupils of Pakistani heritage and to encourage schools to use this to enrich the curriculum for all.

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The Fore
Can Do South Yorkshire Community Fund
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
Nineveh Charitable Trust

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