Work face-to-face with your partner

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UK schools engaged in Professional Partnerships with partner schools in the MENA region are invited to apply for a fully-funded opportunity to attend our partnership visit in Amman, Jordan in February 2018. The funding will enable one UK teacher per school to travel to Jordan and work with representatives from their MENA partner school.


To facilitate collaboration face-to-face, teachers in the UK can apply for a £3000 grant to send a teacher and a school leader to visit the partner school overseas.


Each visit will involve participating in an event, arranged in country by the British Council. The events will bring together schools from the UK, their partners and other local schools to share experiences and good practice of implementing core skills within the curriculum.


From 13-17 February, we ran a #CoreSkillsVisit week across Twitter and Facebook. Search the hashtag to find out more about what the teachers have been doing on their overseas trips.


To view videos and stories relating to the February visits, see our Connecting Classrooms in Practice page


Specific dates will vary for different countries and further details will be posted here closer to the application deadline. It may be possible to offer some flexibility on the visit dates; please email to discuss the options for your partnership.

Before applying for a grant you have to:

  • complete the core skills learning journey (both schools)
    (To learn more, visit the core skills training page, or find out about face-to-face training in the UK here)
  • identify a partner school
  • gain support and permission to take part in visits alongside school leaders
  • secure the support of your head teacher. 
Apply now

The eighth application window is now open. Please follow the link below to complete the latest version of the application form to apply for the Professional Partnerships visit grant. Please note that older versions of the form may not be accepted. Please read the Practical Guide to Professional Partnerships to learn more about this phase of Connecting Classrooms, the application process, eligibility criteria and the grant funding.


Professional Partnerships application form

Application rounds will take place every two months. Please see below for the next application deadline.


Application deadline: 23:59 BST on Monday 17th July 2017


Participating countries:

South Asia:  Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Sub-Saharan Africa:   Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Middle East & North Africa:  Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Yemen


For further information about visiting Middle East & North Africa, please visit our MENA page.



Future application deadlines and visit dates will be:

Round Application Deadline Day Visit (see further below for exact dates)


22 May 2017

October 2017


17 July 2017

October 2017


18 September 2017

February 2018


20 November 2017

February 2018


Please bear in mind that February 2018 is the last available opportunity for Professional Partnership visits in the Connecting Classrooms 2015-18 programme.

What next?

For applicants successful in Rounds 8-9, visits will take place during October and November 2017.


Specific dates will vary for different countries and further details will be posted here closer to the application deadline.


When completing an application, please select from the following options:

Collaborative project templates

Teachers working on a project together

Use our templates as a framework to run a collaborative, pupil-focused programme of work related to the core skills.

Additional support available to help with international school partnering

Get guidance and support from the Connecting Classrooms team by joining one of our free support webinars or face-to-face events.