If you are new to international collaboration a short-term supported partnership with Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning could open the door to a world of opportunities for your school. 

It’s easy to register and quick to get started with the help of your own local advisor, plus a host of ready to go project ideas and classroom resources. 

What are supported partnerships?

Supported partnerships are designed for schools that are new to international collaboration who wish to start their global learning journey without grant funding. 

Clusters of schools – a maximum of five UK and five overseas schools – work together on a project linked to a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) that is related to Cop26, the UN Climate Change Conference being held in the UK in November 2021. The project will be delivered during one term, starting in April 2021, and will be followed by a final evaluation activity.

We will help you develop your project through three one-hour webinars delivered by a global learning practitioner, who will also provide guidance, CPD and support with any questions that you may have.

Upon completion of the project, your local adviser will write a short evaluation report with your input. You can then apply for funds to futher develop your partnership.

While supported partnerships do not have grant funding, we have a number of funded partnership opportunities that you can apply for.

Which schools can participate and from which geographical location?

As a member of a UK cluster you will be grouped with up to four other schools from across the United Kingdom, with an equivalent cluster of the same number of participating schools from overseas.

Only state funded schools are eligible to apply. We accept applications from schools providing full-time general, vocational, technical and special needs education. We also welcome applications from alternative provision settings.

Why should I take part? 

As children’s worlds have become smaller over the lockdowns, an international partnership will help broaden their horizons and provide exciting new learning opportunities. You will be able share best practice with your school cluster and acquire transferable skills that will help your pupils develop the attitudes they need to live and work in a global economy.

Participating is simple. We find overseas partner schools for you.

All schools taking part will automatically qualify to apply for the International School Award Foundation Level, ensuring recognition for your work. You can apply for funding to take your partnership work further after the initial three-month project.

Supported partnerships will also help you discover further ways the British Council can play a role in your school’s international collaboration, professional development and opportunities for your students inside and outside of the classroom.

All that we need for you to take part is some baseline information about your school and agreement from your headteacher that you can be released to take part in the programme.

Supported partnerships will also help you discover further ways the British Council can play a role in your school’s international collaboration, professional ement from your headteacher that you can be released to take part in the programme, which will be delivered through a maximum of three webinars during the school term.

What content will be covered during the webinars?

Webinar 1 (April, Date TBC)

This webinar will set the context of the project and situate it in the wider Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme.

Participants gain an understanding of the potential of global learning and partnerships, exploring how the Sustainable Development Goals can provide a context for young people to explore and develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes around the issue of climate change. 

Learning outcome: recognise the value of developing common aims, priorities and plans based on Sustainable Development Goals and COP26 to meet the needs of partner schools and build on what is already working for others.

Webinar 2 (May, Date TBC)

Sustainable Development Goal 13. This webinar will explore climate change and its relationship to the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Participants will be introduced to active and participatory methodologies that can be used with partner schools to explore the impact of the climate crisis in both local and global communities, highlighting the interconnectivity of our world. This webinar will highlight resources and opportunities for schools to participate in activities around the COP26 conference.

Learning outcome: identify examples of the connections between what is happening in my own community and in the communities of people elsewhere in the world.

Webinar 3 (June/July, Date TBC)

This webinar will look at ways to empower young people to take action, particularly around issues associated with climate change and climate justice. Participants will identify steps to create a campaign with their partner schools, exploring examples of young people who have led the way in climate action both locally and globally. 

Learning outcome: Identify examples of how individuals and groups, including young people, have taken effective and responsible action on local and global issues to promote social justice and sustainability.

How do I take part?

To apply to take part, please complete, sign (or e-sign) and return the Agreement document to us at schools@britishcouncil.org by 12.00 22 March 2021 with the subject line 'Supported partnerships –Agreement'. 

After this we will:

  • Respond to your expression of interest and clarify any possible issues
  • Match you with schools overseas and put you in a global school cluster 
  • Share the cluster details with the local advisor to get in touch with you and agree next steps, such as webinar dates and any other details relating to the programme’s content.

If you have any further questions about the supported partnerships offer, please do get in touch with the team.