A formal school policy on DE can be a powerful mechanism for driving DE within a school and garnering broad ranging support. Ideally the policy will include: aims, objectives, strategic priorities and a mechanism for review, evaluation and updating; and is actively referred to and implemented by all staff. In order to do this a teacher may need to take leadership to develop the policy and promote it to the managing body.
Below are some resources and practical school examples to guide you through implementing this stamp category:
WorldWise Global Schools (WWGS) have created a template formal policy for DE. This can be adapted to the needs and values of your school. We can provide tips and guidance on how to develop the policy so please contact us if you would like any further supports.
Practical School Examples:
Here are some examples from the applications of Global Passport Awardees. These provide some great examples for what your school can do in this school category:
Presentation College, Carlow
“Teachers involved in delivering the TY DE module have attended the WWGS workshop on ‘Developing a DE School Policy’. Principal and BOM have encouraged the drawing up of a DE policy. This is reflected in their creation of a Post of Responsibility for DE/Zambia Partnership and timetabling it as a One Year module in TY. It is also reflected in their support for the Global Education Experience programme offered by the Presentation Sisters”. Global Special Award Winner 2016
Millstreet Community School
“A formal school policy on development education has been drafted by the person responsible for policies and is due to be brought before the Board of Management in the coming months for discussion/ratification”. Global Diplomatic Award Winner 2016
Willow Park School, Dublin
“A DRAFT DE policy was introduced to all members of staff at the first staff meeting of the year (May 2016). This policy draws on the IDEA guidelines.” Global Special Award Winner 2016