We split school partnerships into two types:
- cluster groups
- one to one.
Here's an overview of what they are and how to get started.
A Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning cluster is a group of schools in the UK and overseas that work together to support one another with global learning.
Schools can work together in a virtual capacity and also have the option to carry out face to face activities. Funding and support is available to facilitate both options.
HOW IT WORKS
Cluster groups can include a mix of primary and secondary schools. There's no limit to the number of schools taking part. However, as a minimum, there should be at least four schools involved, one of which must be from a participating country outside the UK.
To get the most out of a cluster, it's good to have a mix of the following types of schools:
- Lead school - strong experience working with international partner schools and grant management.
- Partner school - some experience of development education and/or partnership working.
- Network school - new to global learning but keen to learn and start building international partnerships.
It works best if there is a single point of contact for the management of the group i.e. a Cluster Coordinator. It is expected that this role will be filled by a teacher at the lead UK school. However, parts of the role could be delegated.
One of the biggest benefits of working in a cluster group is that they are eligible to receive up to £35,000 in grant funding to work together face to face. The grant covers all aspects of global learning within the cluster, including reciprocal visits and training.
If you'd prefer not to travel, funding is also available to support virtual activities within the group, as well as a number of ready to go resources and activities.