IMPACT from the publisher Extend Education, is a project-based challenge for students aged 16–19. Students collaborate in teams to research the UN Sustainable Development Goals, identify a problem currently being faced by another country and use innovation and design-thinking skills to create a solution – before communicating it to the world!

  • IMPACT and UN Goals logo
  • Enabling Student Advocacy - image of United Nations Building

Designed for 16–19 year-olds, IMPACT is a truly exciting proposition:

IMPACT provides a blended learning solution for international students worldwide

IMPACT defies the limits of the classroom

IMPACT immerses students within the immediate and important task of finding a solution to the most pressing issues faced by global leaders today

And IMPACT gives them the opportunity to share their proposition with the world.

Founded on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this trans-disciplinary project comprises four phases demonstrating:

Awareness – working in teams, students are assigned a country and research relevant SDGs

Action – they then investigate a specific problem facing the country at present, and devise a solution

Advocacy – the main piece, students present and promote their solution, such as in writing or via video

Agency – lastly, they take this to the wider world.

It takes around 30 weeks to complete though it can be run more intensively across a shorter time frame.



  • Supports both the CAS syllabus and IGCSE Global Perspectives (0457) / International AS and A Level Global Perspectives & Research (9239).
  • Unique features and benefits for the International Baccalaureate and for Cambridge International students.
  • As certified IMPACT Ambassadors, students can demonstrate 21st century skills such as sustainability literacy, innovation, leadership, and enterprise, making then stand out on UCAS/college applications.
  • Schools can submit the best projects for inclusion in an IMPACT innovation showcase, reviewed by experts and shared worldwide, setting IMPACT apart from other project-based programmes.
  • Additional applications and benefits for schools acting as UN SDG advocates.
  • Can be accessed on any device anywhere in the world.

Licence agreements

Access options

Access is available via IP Authentication, Username and Password.

Information sheets

Usage statistics

Usage statistics are available via the school’s IMPACT programme account.

Promotional materials and downloads

VIDEO: A walkthrough IMPACT (available on YouTube)


Who publishes IMPACT?

IMPACT is published by Extend Education – publisher of resources that challenge and inspire students to become active, engaged and autonomous learners.

Extend Education was created out of a passion for international education and a desire to produce resources that that challenge and inspire students to become active, engaged and autonomous learners.

How does IMPACT work?

Students work through 4 phases to complete IMPACT demonstrating Awareness, Action, Advocacy and Agency:

AWARENESS – each team is given a country to focus on. This is the context for their project! They are then tasked with conducting some in-depth research into the UN SDGs.

ACTION – students narrow down their SDGs research and investigate a current problem that their country faces. In the current climate, this is usually related to the effects of the pandemic, but it doesn’t need to be. Using design thinking, students then create an innovation to solve the problem they’ve identified. This innovation could be an idea, a product or a service.

ADVOCACY – students develop their main piece of project work. This is a piece of statement writing or a video that showcases their team’s innovation.

AGENCY –  the final element of the programme, students present their idea to the wider world. This Agency component is what sets IMPACT apart from other international project-based programmes.

What are the main benefits of IMPACT?

The IMPACT programme enables students to make a genuine impact in the real world.

On their journeys to becoming IMPACT Ambassadors, students solve a series of project tasks. We call these mini project missions. This mission-based approach to IMPACT helps students to link what they are researching to the real world, allowing them to solve the same problems at the same time as world leaders!

How does IMPACT build 21st century skills?

During IMPACT, students manage their own learning and build competencies across four key areas – core skills, innovation, leadership and enterprise.

Each part of the programme has been mapped to a key skill the students need to demonstrate before progressing to the next topic:

Topic 1: Sustainability literacy

Topic 2: Action research and investigation

Topic 3: Collaboration

Topic 4: Innovation and problem solving

Topic 5: Evaluating critically

Topic 6: Design thinking

Topic 7: Project management

Topic 8: Communication

Topic 9: Driving for results

Topic 10: Agency

Who created IMPACT?

IAN SMITH has been a teacher and senior leader for twenty-five years in the state, independent and international sectors. As Vice Principal at a high achieving HMC School in West London between 2008–15, he was responsible for pupil and staff development, well being and academic performance. He is international judge and moderator for the Princess Diana Award and an ambassador for a variety of global charities and youth engagement organisations. He is the Director of Education for the Swiss UN NGO, Sanchild. In 2013, Ian received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for promoting entrepreneurship in UK education, a lifetime honour. Since 2015, he taught the IBDP at the International School of Geneva (Ecolint), leading co-curricular projects and contributing to the development of the Universal Learning Programme with UNESCO. Ian has a master’s in educational leadership and NPQH from University College London (UCL), an executive MBA (Education) and is an honorary fellow at the Royal Society of Arts. He is a School Governor, Rotarian and writer for Global Geneva magazine on education, entrepreneurship & wellbeing. Ian is currently the Principal of Brooke House College in Market Harborough.

DEREK BROWNE  is the founder and CEO of Entrepreneurs in Action (EiA). EiA’s flagship programme ‘Classroom to Boardroom’ acts as a bridge between business and young people. It enables senior leaders to connect with Gen Z to develop innovative talent solutions for early careers recruitment, diversity and consumer insights challenges. EiA has run innovation and entrepreneurship programmes with over 16,000 young people in schools, colleges and universities across the UK, Europe, Africa, and Caribbean. These include long-standing relationships with high-profile IB schools such as the International School of Geneva and Sevenoaks School. Derek is an entrepreneur and international speaker who previously had a successful career in banking with Merrill Lynch and Barings Investment Bank. He is a holder of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion and was an ambassador for these awards. Derek is a Youth Innovation ambassador for Innovate UK, the UK government’s innovation body.