Connecting Classrooms - School Partnerships
“Two worlds together are a lot stronger than one; because there is always another world that they can rely on.” Student's poem inspired by Connecting Classrooms, Nova Hreod College, Swindon
What is involved?
The British Council offers funding of £1,500 for partnerships between schools in the UK and other countries.
The partnership offers young people the chance to collaborate directly with their international peers, bringing challenging global issues to life and creating meaningful cross-cultural relationships.
The grant must be spent on visits from at least one teacher from each of the schools in the partnership. It should be used to cover the cost of flights, accommodation, travel insurance, local transport, visas, vaccinations, and food.
Who is eligible?
All educational institutions with students aged from 3 to 18 are eligible to apply for the funding.
We accept applications for schools from across the Middle East, Sub-Saharan and North Africa, South Asia, Central and South America and the UK. You can find out if your school is eligible here.
Further information on partnerships with schools in China is available here.
How to apply
Following significant upgrades to our Digital platform over recent months, we are aware that some users experienced issues in applying online for grant funding at the last application deadline (31 October). We are confident the majority of these issues have now been resolved and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience during this period.
Applications are now open for a Connecting Classrooms grant online and the deadline is 31 January 2014.
To apply for funding, you need to demonstrate how your planned activities will increase global citizenship, enrich education practice, and develop an equitable and sustainable partnership between all schools involved.
Before you start an application, it is important you have read our guide to school partnerships (271KB), how to complete the online application guidance (272KB), and overview of the Connecting Classrooms global, themes, skills and outlooks (1.36MB).
Find out more about why we are going online (272KB), what the benefits are, what you need to know and how you will be supported.
We also show you how to apply for a grant in our video below:
If you successfully applied for funding, we will help you with guidance on how to apply for top-up grants, how to plan your partnership visit, what measures you can take to improve the sustainability of your partnership and final reporting. You can find this information on our resources page.