Shared Ground: A CPD for Schools on Teaching about Migration

Shared Ground: A CPD for Schools on Teaching about Migration

At a time when migration is becoming an increasingly controversial issue, and with anti-racism high on school agendas, we have developed training for teachers towards a critical understanding of migration through a global learning framework. This training combines adult-level thinking with practical activities for the classroom in a comprehensive approach that is both informative and interactive.

Our research has shown that cohesion is best achieved by emphasising the shared history and shared future between refugees, migrants and host communities. Our research has also shown that, ultimately, we are all migrants. We have listened to and weaved in a diverse range of perspectives to strategically develop, integrate and join up fragmented thinking, work and material culminating in this course which will inspire teachers and engage students.

This course was developed by Global Learning London Associates Linda Barker and Sheila Tucker, with input from Alia Al Zougbi, Ruth England, Sara Nobili-Park and Martin Spafford .

We also wish to thank British Council, Darren Chetty, Development Education Research Centre at UCL Institute of Education, GlobalLink, Migration Museum, PostiveNegatives, Pupil Power, The Institute of Race Relations and The Linking Network for their time and support.

The course is approved by the British Council for delivery within Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning (CCGL) continuing professional development offer. This means that there is funding available for you as an educator in England, working in a state-funded school to complete the course.

Please Note: Our CPD is still available to all teachers and TAs in England.  You do not need to be part of a CCGL  partnership to be eligible during the Autumn term 2021-22.

Every Shared Ground Migration CPD includes a range of activities. These all support the learning outcomes which are that you, as a teacher or TA, will:

  • Gain deeper awareness and understanding of the realities and complexities of Migration
  • Have reflected on their own understanding, views and attitudes towards Migration, considering multiple perspectives
  • Have increased confidence to explore attitudes and experiences within their school community and understand how to create open spaces for dialogue and critical thinking
  • Explore a range of effective teaching resources and methodologies to nurture learners’ values, skills and attitudes for understanding, engaging with and acting positively on issues around Migration
  • Have a range of new approaches to support learners to understand global and historical inequality, become more open to difference, identify and challenge racist attitudes and therefore be more able to build relationships based on equity and trust
  • Have critically applied new ideas and approaches within their own school contexts
  • Have gained tools to evaluate teaching methods and the impact they have



Who should take part?
This course is ideal for KS2 and KS3 teachers and TAs.

Course attendance is also welcomed from teaching assistants who have the opportunity to deliver activities to student groups or classes within their job role and responsibilities.

Can I book this training for my school or cluster?
This training is more suitable for participation from whole school groups or clusters. Training courses are capped at 30 participants to maintain quality, rigour and a personal approach. A minimum of 6 attendees is required to book a course.

What is the commitment?

  • The commitment for Level 2 is 6 hours online.  If it’s for a whole school, the training will be scheduled at the school’s request.
  • The commitment for  Level 3 is 12 hours.  9.5 hours online + a school task, scheduled at the school’s request.  Please note that Level 3 is only delivered for whole school.

What is the cost?
We have secured free access to the Shared Ground Migration CPD training for those working in state-funded schools, in England. The course is fully funded by British Council and approved for delivery within the CPD offer of Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning.

All we ask is that you attend all sessions and complete the tasks set before and after webinars to qualify for your funded place.  Please take a moment to review our Shared Ground CPD – Cancellation Policy.

How do I book a place?

We currently have open courses available for the Autumn Term.

If you are interested in a whole school course, please contact the following Development Education Centres:

If you have any general questions about the course or require any additional information, please contact us at

Will I get a Certificate?
Everyone who successfully completes the online course will receive an online course completion certificate from British Council.

What is our Covid-19 response?
We continue our commitment to support your learning and development at a time when all of us have to find new ways of working.

Members of the Consortium of Development Education Centres (CoDEC) will be delivering all our Shared Ground Migration CPD courses online and continuing our relationship with British Council and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office as a provider of Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning.

When will face to face training return?
British Council has suspended all face to face training under the CCGL programme at the current time. We will return to face to face training when it is safe to do so.

This course was developed with funding from: