Amnesty expands popular teacher training programme

Teachers of secondary, further education and – for the first time – primary schools can now sign up to Amnesty International’s popular teacher training programme. 


This three-day empowering course – which starts on 22 November – provides teachers with high-quality training in human rights education, and provides opportunities for teachers to explore new ways to inspire students and build a more open, engaging and respectful learning environment.  It is also designed to support teachers’ statutory curricular and pastoral duties across the UK and enables teachers to approach controversial issues and develop students' values and attitudes.


The Amnesty Teacher programme is now in its third year and has already received outstanding reviews from teachers who’ve attended in previous years. 


One teacher said of the course: “Some great ideas that have inspired me to teach human rights in a way that is sensitive and appropriate.” 


Another said: “The course has really helped give me new ideas to use in the classroom and has increased my confidence in tackling difficult situations.” 


Previously, the course was open only to secondary school and further education college teachers. However this year it is designed so that primary school teachers can illustrate human rights within the primary curriculum.


Amnesty International’s Teacher Training Lead Consultant Jane Houston said:


“Amnesty Teacher Training provides teachers with both the tools and the confidence to address the subject of human rights with their pupils. It also gives teachers a chance to incorporate human rights practice in every aspect of their work. 


“Some teachers who’ve gone on the course have since told us of the seismic difference in the way in which their pupils engage with human rights. Every teacher in the UK ought to take this course if they can.” 


Registration is now open. Deadline for entries is 3 October 2014. 


The money paid to attend the course can be claimed back through the global learning programme or GLP. For more information visit 


For more information about Amnesty Teacher programme, visit 

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