Once you have a partnership you can bring it to life by adding a face-to-face element to your collaborative project work.
The Connecting Classrooms programme offers grants of £1,500 per school for reciprocal teacher visits during the course of an academic year. The opportunity is open to a wide range of partner countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Central and South America.
All educational institutions with students aged from 3 to 18 are eligible to apply for the funding.
You should start by reading our Guide to school partnerships for advice on how to ensure your online application is successful. Global themes, skills and outlooks can also help you by inspiring suitable partnership objectives.
Once your application has been approved, our dedicated resources page provides you with continued support throughout the journey. We offer guidance on how to apply for top-up grants, plan your visit, achieve a sustainable partnership and complete the activity report.
If your secondary school has an existing partnership with a school in France, you can jointly apply for funding to receive up to £8,000 each through the Charles de Gaulle and Lèfevre programmes. The funding is for individual and group visits to the partner school for 11- to 19-year-olds.
We have recently launched a pilot scheme for UK schools introducing or expanding Arabic teaching. Find out if you could qualify for a grant of up to £10,000.
To see how applying for funding fits into your journey with the British Council see our Guide to International Learning.