Membership registration for 2022-23 is currently closed.

Registration will reopen in Spring. If you would like to receive more information about our Membership, complete the form below.


Future Foundations founded Global Social Leaders (GSL) in partnership with the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute, with a two-week global summit held in the UK at Wellington College in 2013.

The aim of GSL was to build a global movement of socially conscious young people who are equipped to be leaders in their lives and society.

We have created and delivered leadership courses and a global social-action project competition which challenges young people to solve local, national and global issues (addressing the Global Goals).

We have amplified young people’s voices and championed their solutions for change.

As we embark on our GSL 10 year anniversary, we have taken time to reflect on our journey so far, the challenges education faces and the role that we can play to transform education. 

We are excited to support our schools to catalyse change within themselves and their communities and proud to launch our new strategy for GSL which is designed to support schools to catalyse change in the school and community, by transforming their students’ learning about sustainability and how to take action to solve real world issues.  We will support our schools to engage their whole school community with GSL and our ecosystem of partners. 

This page and our membership guide outlines the need for change in education, our journey to now, how we are evolving GSL in the next academic year to meet the need, and how your school can become a member of our unique global community.   


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Our guide includes further information on membership.


As we enter our tenth year of GSL courses, and the sixth year of our Global Goals Competition, we have created a new strategy to allow us to:

To enable us to achieve our vision, we are launching:

• School membership – this will provide a framework of support to headteachers and teachers looking to ensure that service leadership plays a central role in their schools

• A suite of new leadership courses for young people aspiring to become effective social leaders 

• New continuous professional development for teachers and opportunities to connect with our global network of schools and partners 

• A re-vamped Global Goals Competition including additional training and support for Team Leaders and access to expert advice

• A partnership campaign to secure support for students and schools who would otherwise be unable to access all the opportunities that GSL offers and to strengthen and improve the impact of the work that we do

We invite your school to join our community, as our inaugural members for 2022-23.


Today’s global learning crisis provides an opportunity for “critical education reforms that ensure all children receive the education and holistic support they need and deserve” (World Bank, 2022).

In September 2022, the United Nations Secretary-General is convening the Transforming Education Summit (TES) during the 77th UN General Assembly, in New York. The Summit seeks to mobilise political ambition, action, solutions and solidarity to transform education to: 


Our GSL School Membership is open to all schools that share our vision.

We are currently inviting schools to apply to become members that serve young people aged 11 to 17 from around the world that share a belief in the potential of young people and a commitment to supporting the development of young people to become leaders in their own lives and in the community.

As a GSL member your school will benefit from access to a community of like-minded, values driven schools working to make the world a better place.

We ask that the Headteacher of all member schools signs up to commit to our GSL Pledge:


We commit to providing the following benefits:

For Schools

  • GSL Member School Badge that can be used on all school marketing assets to show membership
  • Two Lead Teacher places
  • Access to the GSL Global Goals Competition (places for 10 teams which must be of 3-7 participants)
  • Access to a Members only area on the GSL website
  • All teachers able to sign up to member newsletter
  • Average discount of 20% for GSL courses for your students and teachers

For Headteachers

Headteacher networking and development opportunities include:

  • One free online place at the ‘Leadership for the Greater Good: Conference’ on 22nd & 23rd June 2023
  • Headteacher Connection events
  • Monthly members newsletter

For Lead Teachers

Lead teachers networking and
development opportunities including:

  • GSL Lead Teacher Handbook 
  • 3 Lead Teacher Connection Events  
  • Lead Teacher sessions at GSL events
  • Monthly members newsletter with updates and opportunities
  • Certificate recognising role 
  • Discounted rates for additional CPD courses 

For Students

  • Monthly ‘Feel Good Friday’ newsletter for registered students 
  • Access to the GSL Global Goals Competition (places for 10 teams which must be of 3-7 participants). This includes:
  • Invitation to Global Goals Competition Launch 
  • Online Team Leader Training and Check-In for up to 10 Team Leaders
  • Team Leader and Team Handbooks to guide them through the competition
  • Access to online masterclass videos 
  • Project feedback 
  • ‘Ask the Expert’ event
  • Certificates of participation
  • Invitation to GSL events:
  • Global Goals Competition Launch on 16th September 2022
  • GSL Festival on 16th June 2023
  • Average discount of 20% for GSL courses  


GSL Membership is open to all schools (serving young people
aged 11 to 17) from around the world who share our vision.

To complete your application, you must have the support of your Headteacher, and provide their contact details so that we can make contact and ask them to sign our GSL Member School Pledge.  

Once your Headteacher has signed the pledge, we will issue an invoice for your membership and will then provide you access to our membership offer.   

To make GSL sustainable and inclusive we ask that all member schools contribute towards the costs of the support we provide. We are launching with a tiered offering based on school fee level. Our aim is to keep prices as low as possible by securing partners to invest in and develop the offering for all schools.   

We encourage schools who are in a position to do so to support their local or partner schools if they cannot afford the membership price.      

School membership prices are due annually; the membership year runs from 1st September – 30th August. Invoices are raised and collected in £ sterling (GBP) following registration. 

We are developing a partnership campaign to secure funding to support state and low cost schools in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) that are low-income countries confronting severe structural impediments to sustainable development.  


If you have any questions prior to applying, please contact us:

Aims and Outcomes

  • Future World of Work Skills: The Four Cs of 21st century learning

The future employment landscape is always changing, and there are lots of choices facing young people around education, jobs and their future!  We want to support you to build these skills on our courses by focusing on The Four C’s. 

“If today’s students want to compete in this global society, they must be proficient communicators, creators, critical thinkers, and collaborators (the “Four Cs”). Students need to master additional subject areas, including foreign languages, the arts, geography, science, and social studies.  Educators must complement all of those subjects with the “Four Cs” to prepare young people for the global workforce”

[Extract from research carried out by the National Education Association]. 

  • OECD Learning Compass

We have shaped our programme based on The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Learning Compass which has focused on what knowledge, skills, attitudes and values students need today to thrive in and shape their world. 

The COBIS GSL World Catalyst is shaped to focus on building knowledge, skills attitudes and values through independent learning as well as live sessions connecting young people.  We believe in building the right attitude and values in young people as the foundation for GSL programmes. 

Reflection is a key component to any GSL programme, as part of the learning processencouraging young people to reflect on their experience throughout the programme, their own individual learning and building their insight. “We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” [Dewey (1933:78)] 

The Learning Compass highlights the need for students to learn to navigate by themselves through unfamiliar contexts” [OECD Learning Compass 2030]. 

  • Transformative competencies

The OECD highlight the need to acquire three transformative competencies to help shape the future we want: creating new value, reconciling tensions and dilemmas, and taking responsibility. 

When young people create new value, they ask questions, collaborate with others and try to think “outside the box” in order to find innovative solutions. This blends a sense of purpose with critical thinking and creativity 

Young people need to be able to balance contradictory or seemingly incompatible logics and demands, and become comfortable with complexity and ambiguity. This requires empathy and respect. 

Young people who have the capacity to take responsibility for their actions have a strong moral compass that allows for considered reflection, working with others and respecting the planet. 

[OECD Learning Compass 2030] 

  • Wellbeing

We are in unprecedented times. Now more than ever we need to learn to navigate ourselves to changing contexts and adapt in ways that ensure wellbeing. The COBIS GSL World Catalyst is an opportunity to learn new skills, develop the right mindset and prepare for the future we want. 

We believe it is important to give time and space to develop good mental health and wellbeing.  We will work with the young people on the programme to develop their own toolkit they can open anytime in the future when they need it. 

  • Social Action and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. 

The COBIS GSL World Catalyst will challenge students to THINK GLOBAL and ACT LOCAL, examining the issues behind the Goals and understanding the part they can play by joining the biggest attempt in the history of the human race to make the world a better place. 

We also feel that connecting young people from different countries and backgrounds will help shape meaningful discussions on issues as well creating collaborative solutions as Global Citizens. 

Many young people are already running their own projects in their school or community, and the aim of the programme is to build and develop knowledge around the SDGs.  We will help you to either improve existing projects or start new ones.  We will focus on areas such as understanding the users, measuring impact and how to make a project more sustainable. 



After the programme, you will be challenged to start your own social action project working in a team of 3 to 7 students which will make tangible changes within school and the community (local, national or global).

You will be invited to enter the GSL Global Goals Competition.

Registration for schools will be opening soon.

To register interest in your school taking part, please click on the button below and complete the form or email our team using the following email address with the subject line COBIS GSL World Catalyst:

Once registration opens, we will contact you to invite your school to register and confirm your participation.


young leaders around the world


reported social action projects


schools involved in GSL courses & competition