The GCED Innovative Schools' Code

​The purpose of the GCED Innovative Schools' Code is to describe the core principles upon which participating schools are expected to base their conduct, culture and professional practice. 

The GCED Innovative School Code reflects the core values, mindset, approaches to pedagogy and practice, purpose, internal and external contexts, way forward

A GCED Innovative School is a school that approaches education from a new perspective, unleashing the transformative potential of Global Citizenship Education. The school is committed to the values enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990).


GCED Innovative Schools share a willingness to advance the following common characteristics:

  1. Respect the dignity and equality of all individuals, groups, and cultures.

  2. Strive for excellence in transformative education rooted in real contexts, with high standards for students and staff.

  3. Foster GCED Innovation Mindset amongst educators, stakeholders, and learners.

  4. Actively embed Global Citizenship Education in pedagogy and practice.

  5. Promote bold, creative and innovative educational ideas, through a high level of educational experimentation.

  6. Use of multiple approaches to address different learning styles.

  7. High levels of design-based learning, exploration-based learning, experiential learning, and discovery learning.

  8. Use of practices proven to improve educators' and students' morale, engagement, agency, and success.

  9. Evidence of an increase in students' success through the development of transversal competencies.

  10. In-built culture of Continuous Professional Development of educators.

  11. Fulfillment of the promises stated in the school's guiding statements, policies, and promotional materials.

  12. High level of parent and community involvement.


What we mean when we talk about innovating.

Think Big.

Start Small.

It is all about thinking big, keeping the goal small, the team tight and the timeline short.

Reflective Action

Don’t overthink it,
just try it. But when you try, reflect on the impact and how you could be more innovative!

Fail Forward and Excel

Foster open-mindedness and a growth mindset. Use your setbacks to fuel future success. If you're not prepared to fail forward, it will be hard to come up with anything original.

Celebrate Small Wins

Celebrating small wins is essential to make big changes and bigger impact!


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