Each year the Global Education & Skills Forum drives forward new thinking on education, equity and employment and develops practical ways for education to change the world. Here you will find new research, advocacy and toolkits that have been developed by our organisational partners and expert Alliances.

2018 Foundations

New research 

Parents’ Survey 

By The Varkey Foundation: The Varkey Foundation commissioned Ipsos Mori to carry out the most comprehensive global study of the hopes, fears and aspirations of parents across the world. The raw data from this ground-breaking research, will be released for the first time on 9 March for any third party to use and build on.

Qualities of effective teachers who teach disadvantaged students: Insights from the Varkey Teacher Ambassador community 

By GESF Teachers Alliance:  A global shortage of effective teachers disproportionately affects children from poor and marginalized backgrounds. This important new study, published for the first time for GESF 2018, examines the qualities of effective teachers who work with children from disadvantaged backgrounds, drawing upon the experiences of The Varkey Foundation’s Top 50 Global Teacher Prize Finalists.

International education and research partnerships: Best practices and pitfalls

By GESF Partnership Models for Universities Alliance: Partnerships have become a critical way for universities to compete in the global knowledge marketplace and ensure that their research and education programmes remain relevant. New research examines what makes these programmes work – and why they so often fall short.

Synergies between the principles for digital development and four case studies

By GESF Assessment and Impact in Development Alliance: Educators, providers and policy-makers are increasingly turning to technology to gather data on enrolment, attendance and attainment. A new report for GESF 2018 examines how this data can be collected responsibly.

2018 Foundations

New advocacy 

The Dubai Declaration on education and climate change

By GESF Climate Change Education Alliance: Education is critical to the struggle against climate change. This bold new declaration for GESF 2018 calls upon the international community to prioritise climate change literacy – and address the global challenge of our generation.

Voices of teachers from conflict zones 

By the GESF Post-Conflict and Peace Education: Teachers have a critical role in addressing conflict and fostering peace, but their experiences often go unheard. This short video, to be launched at GESF 2018, captures the voices of teachers in crisis situations around the world.

New tools 

Cultivating global citizenship: A tool and case studies for school leaders

By the GESF Global Citizenship Education Alliance: Teachers are the key to creating a new generation of truly global citizens. This important new tool, developed for GESF 2018, is designed to help school leaders and teachers to assess the extent to which their school upholds the values of global citizenship. An accompanying report sets out case studies of best practice from around the world.

Toolbox on gender responsive pedagogy 

By the GESF Girls Education Alliance: A girl’s experiences of school will be fundamentally shaped by her teacher’s understanding of gender equity. This new toolbox, developed for GESF 2018, is intended to help education practitioners around the world to be more gender responsive.

2018 Foundations

New research

How nonprofits can align to the UN Global Goals For Sustainable Development 

By Junior Achievement Worldwide. The UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development—also known as the SDGs—are bold milestones that ensure healthy lives and decent work for everyone. Organizations around the world are raising their hands and committing to achieving the Global Goals. Your NGO can, too! Here's how.

Time for an EdTech rethink 

By Carla Aerts, Director of Futures, UCL Institute of Education: It's clear that the time has come for an EdTech rethink, to understand its shortfalls and limitations and dispel the most common myths. In this new paper, to be presented for the first time at GESF 2018, UCL Institute of Education Director of Futures Carla Aerts argues that if EdTech is to enable teaching and learning, developers must design it around the learner and relevant pedagogies – and also recognize the critical importance of context.

2018 Foundations

Provocation papers

Vision-aligned student outcomes  

By Archana Iyer, Director of Student Outcomes, Teach For All.What set of student outcomes suggest that our children are on an enduring path to a local, collectively contextualized vision of self-determination and leadership? How can we measure progress towards those vision aligned student outcomes?

Distinguishing themes in strong classrooms 

By Steven Farr, Senior Director of the Global Learning Lab, Teach For all. How are the strongest classrooms across the teach for all network validating and challenging our training and support models?

Transformational learning and leadership  

By Sarah King, Global Director of the Global Learning Lab. Transformational classrooms across the network are shining a critical light on student outcomes, teacher actions, and teacher mindsets.

Fake News 

By The National Literacy Trust. A leading Parliamentary Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills in Schools through the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy. The commission launched in September 2017 following the publication of a new evidence review from the National Literacy Trust which stressed that children and young people in England do not have the critical literacy skills they need to identify fake news. The commission is currently gathering evidence from children and young people, teachers, academics and media companies through surveys, focus groups and expert witness sessions. All the evidence will be brought together into a final report to be published in summer 2018, with key recommendations for a range of audiences, including government and the education sector.