About Us

A national network of global learning providers

The Consortium of Development Education Centres is the largest provider of global learning and development education services at the local level in England. Each of the 33 member DECs is an independent, locally based, not-for-profit organisation whose core work is the support and delivery of global learning in schools and communities.

CoDEC @ IoE Global Learning conference

CoDEC @ IoE Global Learning conference

With a collective turnover of approximately £2.5 million, the members of the Consortium work in nearly 80 local authorities that together include more than 13,000 schools–more than half the schools in England. In 2011, Consortium members reached more than 12,000 teachers throughout the country through training, classroom support and project work.

Despite funding cuts at national and local levels, the need for quality global learning in schools and communities has never been more critical. To address this need, in 2011 the Consortium launched the Global Teachers Award, a nationally validated training course that helps teachers navigate the wide range of global learning resources and support available, and ensure quality of provision.

For information on the DEC nearest you, visit the ‘Where Are We’ page. Each DEC promotes and supports best practice in global learning through CPD training, whole-school initiatives, advice and access to resources for sale and for loan. Each DEC defines its own areas of work in response to local needs and enquiries. DECs work with schools, teachers, local authorities, youth and community groups, universities, volunteers, and adult learners.

DEC services aim to lighten the workload and increase the knowledge and understanding of those they support by providing:

  • Learning programmes for schools
  • CPD Training and workshops
  • Community outreach and education
  • Youth work programmes
  • Resource libraries
  • Talks and lessons
  • Support and advice
  • Teaching ideas