How to get started

With more than 40,000 schools registered globally, British Council Schools Online is a world of opportunities at your fingertips.

Below you will find everything you need to get started with bringing international learning into the classroom, or to take the next step on your journey. 


The first step is to register with Schools Online to gain access to a range of classroom resources and development courses.

Access our classroom resources

Get to grips with international learning right away by downloading one of our film, audio or print resources.

Find a partner school

Once you have introduced international learning to your students through our classroom resources, working with an international partner school is the ideal next step on your journey. 

International School Award

The International School Award is a motivational framework that provides support in embedding international learning into your school. You are able to work towards certificates at Foundation, Intermediate and Reaccreditation levels.

Employ a Language Assistant

Language Assistants are native-level speakers who offer a unique language learning experience. They are the perfect way to bring language and culture alive for your students in the UK. 

Plan a school exchange

Read about the next steps needed to plan your exchange with an international school.