Bradford Global Social Leaders Society is an extra-curricular programme established to enable sustainable high quality social action projects led by students. Our aim is to enable young people and their teachers to realise they can generate, and already have, valuable ideas for positive change in communities, and that they can make them happen.

This programme is fully funded under the essential life skills grant, and you have until 9th March 2018 to complete an application form to draw down your school’s allocated funding.

Participating students will develop the following essential skills:
  • Global Awareness
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Initiative & self-direction
  • Leadership & responsibility
Programme impact is measured on the basis of developing the following outcomes:
  • Creative
  • Confident
  • Motivated & Aspirational
  • Neighbourly & having community spirit
  • Resilient, demonstrating persistence & grit
  • Flexible
  • Clear communicator
  • Curious & able to problem solve
  • Tolerant & respectful
  • Honest, demonstrating integrity & dignity


I would recommend GSL to a friend
I am excited and energised about my future
Will you get involved in a social action project in your community
I feel more confident than I did at the beginning of the programme

SINCE 2013….

Over 500

participants have taken part in Global Social Leaders


social action projects carried out across the globe

Expression of Interest & Next Steps

Once you register interest with us (click here to register), we will contact you to discuss our programme offer and will provide you with information needed for your application to the local authority.

We have a limited number of spaces on our programme and the residential aspect will be allocated on a first come first served basis. So between now and the official local authority deadline of 9th March, we are welcoming you to discuss the programme with us further, explore delivery dates and plan likely student numbers for your school’s participation (based on your allocation of funding).

Please note: All schools are asked to complete an application form outlining their proposals for ELS activity (from April 2018 – August 2019) if you want to accept the grant to provide ELS activity for your pupils and the timelines outlined for schools and providers are very tight. We would therefore encourage you to register interest as soon as possible.

Essential Life Skills Fund – background

Bradford is one of twelve Opportunity Areas that are receiving a share of the significant DfE investment to boost opportunities for young people in these communities. The programme is intended to fund a range of extra-curricular activities that develop non-cognitive abilities, collectively named ‘essential life skills’. Your school will receive details on their allocation today (19th February 2018), and the next steps you need to take to draw down the funding. This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside leading partners to maximise your funding and leave a lasting positive impact on your students. For more information, you can click here to read the press announcement.

By completing our expression of interest, this will not draw down your funding.  

Click here to read the press release announcement.  If you have a query regarding the funding allocation you can contact the local authority by at:


This programme is fully funded under the essential life skills grant, and you have until 9th March 2018 to complete an application form to draw down your school’s allocated funding.


  • GSL LaunchPad at your school
  • Social Action Project project planning tools, resources and feedback on project ideas
  • GSL Coach visit to your school
  • GSL Conference & Awards – certificate for all participants
  • All programme session materials including GSL Handbook
  • GSL t-shirt
  • £150 per student
  • Price per student is based on a minimum of 15 students. For 50+ students we would provide a bespoke programme and costing for schools depending on exact numbers and option selected. Individual schools will select whether they choose to take a selection of students or all participating students on the residential programme.
  • GSL Adventure Residential (this is not included) – the cost per student is £150 for the 3-day 2-night programme.

Residential Cost | £150

The Global Social Leaders Lifeskills & Adventure Residential.  Three day, 2 night all-inclusive weekend

This is not included in the core programme.  Your school can choose based on your funding how many places on the residential you are able to allocate for your students.


Enabling global action on a local scale,
GSL Societies are founded and run by GSL alumni.
Find out about GSL Societies near you or setting up your own.