In the UK, global perspectives and education for sustainable development can be seen to be a development of political education, civic education and their most recent forms as embodied in the term ‘education for citizenship’. It is the increased awareness of globalisation that has led to this development using the terms ‘global perspectives’ and ‘education for sustainable development’. The history of political education and citizenship is one marked by mutual suspicion across the competing ideological viewpoints between ‘radicals’, who take a ‘broad’ view of education in enabling individual students to challenge and ultimately act to transform the nature of the society in which they will live and work, and ‘conservatives’, who see education in the ‘narrow’ functional sense of creating efficient worker citizens.