Establishing your link


Careful planning can help to turn your link into a successful and lasting relationship.

Cambodian school pupils

You have made contact with your chosen school and you’re both keen get going, so what are the next steps?


Get in touch

  • Observe some formalities. It’s useful if the two head teachers exchange letters of greeting.
  • Swap contact details including mobile numbers and email addresses.


Make it fair

  • Ensure reciprocity. Both partners should feel able to make an equal contribution and to benefit.


Get everyone involved

  • Think ‘whole school’. A link is characterised by teamwork within as well as between the partner schools.
  • You will need a working group of several teachers and pupils at the school who can make decisions about the link and help other teachers to use the link in their topics and lessons.
  • Young people, teachers, support staff, governors, parents, carers and the wider community can all be involved in the planning, management and evaluation.


Make it part of school life

  • Draft an international policy for your school. This can lead to a partnership agreement which will mean both schools thinking about their aims and objectives for the partnership.
  • Embed in the curriculum. If you plan to apply for funding for the link, you need to bring linking activities into lesson topics in different age groups, and across the school such as cultural events and assemblies.
  • Integrate your plans into the school development plan to ensure the integration of the link and commitment from both staff and leadership. 
  • Agree ways of working. A template project for example, gives teachers a common point of reference.
  • Set up a calendar. Check regularly that your partnership is meeting its objectives. Make sure you are keeping to the timetable (and budget).