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									                                                Fact Sheet No W2

                                       International School Partnerships
                                         including funding opportunities

Linking with schools in other parts of the world brings an exciting and rewarding international dimension to
the learning experience of all children and teachers. For every school in England to establish a sustainable
partnership with at least one school in another country is one of the government‟s aims outlined in their
international strategy for education “Putting the World into World-Class Education”. It is also a prerequisite
for schools wishing to achieve full International School Award status. Further details can be found on:

How to find partners
Finding links can take a while - it is advised to pursue various (or all!) routes at the same time. Sustainability
is the key. A partnership that is founded on a community connection (such as twinning), a shared personal or
school interest or goal and on the basis of equality has a greater chance of success.

       Personal contacts: Parents, governors, friends of the school, local twinning associations, local
        churches and businesses – all may have contacts who can help to find an overseas school with
        which to establish a partnership
       Ask other schools in the area for help. Perhaps nearby schools already have established links and
        could ask for assistance on your behalf.
       Meet people on holiday
       Ask the Local Authority for help.
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       Take part in an international professional development opportunity. Teachers can apply to take part
        in a range of professional development courses and visits where they will meet colleagues from
        other countries.
       Apply to attend an EU funded "Partner Finding Seminar" UK participants should apply to the British
        Council. for further details

       Global Gateway: This DfES website, offering information and resources
        on the international dimension has an extensive partner finding database:
       Comenius Space - This site also focuses
        on Comenius project partner requests.
       BBC World Class website:
       The European School Net:
       Japan 21: for links with Japan
       Link Community Development: This organisation links UK schools with schools in
        Uganda, South Africa, Malawi and Ghana.

Choosing the subject matter of your link
This is up to each individual school to decide. Most importantly it should fit into the curriculum, be part of the
school development plan and have the full support of the Headteacher, other staff and Governors. Links
should ideally involve a number of curriculum areas and year groups.

Two way link

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If you are new to school linking you may like to start gradually, with a bilateral link. Funding is available under
the School Linking Visits programme for UK teachers and Headteachers from primary, secondary, and
special schools and sixth form and further education colleges to undertake short visits to a partner school to
set up a link or to develop a new dimension to an existing partnership. LEA Officers hoping to set up
strategic links with an area or region are also eligible to apply for funding under this programme.
Travel, board and lodging costs can be funded, usually up to £500 for visits within Europe. Higher
travel costs for visits further a field can be considered.

The next closing date for applications has still to be announced.

Application forms can be found on:

European School Links– Comenius projects
Comenius projects are part of the European Union‟s Lifelong learning Programme for encouraging co-
operation in education providing support for schools and colleges to undertake joint, curriculum-based
projects, with other European institutions.

Establishing a partnership – Meet up before applying for funding
Grants to cover travel and subsistence for a teacher to take part in a “Preparatory Visit” are available. This
allows partners to meet to discuss the project before submitting their Comenius project application.
Applications for preparatory visit funding should be made at least 6 weeks prior to the visit. See for further details.

There are opportunities under:
i) Comenius Multilateral Projects involving at least three schools / colleges across three countries working
together on a joint, cross-curricular project for two years.
Project funding itself is granted for two years and can include teacher and student mobility, project materials,
communication and stationary.

For 2007 applications the process remains the same as the previous year but there is only a very limited
number of grants available as 2007 is being seen as a „transition‟ year. As from 2008, the application
process will be much simpler. Schools might feel that it will be important to establish their link during the
remainder of 2007 with a view of submitting an application in 2008.

ii) Comenius Bilateral Language Focused Projects involves a minimum of 10 students from the ages of 12
and above in two schools / colleges in different countries working together on a common topic and taking
part in a reciprocal 10 day exchange for face to face project work with their partners.

The closing date for applications to both Multilateral and Bilateral projects is March 30 2007


Hosting a Comenius Language Assistant
Comenius language assistants are prospective teachers of foreign languages from Europe who work in
schools and colleges across the UK.
Assistants are funded by the European Union to work in schools and their role can include:
 Enhancing the European dimension across the curriculum
 Offering classes in their native language
 Devoting attention to individual pupils, small groups and those with special needs.
 Helping to break down prejudices
 Raising awareness of other EU member states and their languages and cultures
 Assisting with the development of links and exchanges.

Comenius Language Assistants work between 12 and 16 hours a week and may be appointed for a
minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 8 months. Assistants will not be placed in secondary schools
where their first language is taught. Up to 3 schools may share an assistant.
The closing date for applications is March 30 2007.
Details on:

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Links with Ireland – the East West Schools Programme
Following the Good Friday Agreement, the UK and Irish governments announced a new initiative to
strengthen school partnerships and to encourage friendship and understanding between young people in
Ireland and Great Britain.
Funding is provided for preparatory visits enabling teachers to meet to plan and develop projects within the
partnership, for joint curriculum projects to include project-related field trips for pupils, and job shadowing for
teachers. More information from:

Global School Partnerships – North-South Linking
Grant support is available from the Department for International Development to promote and support
partnerships between schools in the UK and schools in the South (Africa, South Asia, Latin America and The
Caribbean) in order to raise young people‟s awareness of interdependence, life in other countries and
development issues. It is important that links should be equal, reciprocal and contribute to the curriculum and
broad interests of both schools. Grants are administered by the British Council. Further information and case
studies are available on:

Funding available:
i) School to School and School Cluster to Cluster Reciprocal Visits for schools in early stages of partnerships
to lay the foundations for long term collaborative curricular work. A grant of up to £1,900 is available to
cover travel and subsistence costs for one teacher from each school to visit their partner.
The next closing date for applications is March 30           2007.

Further details from

ii) School to School and School Cluster to Cluster Global Curriculum Projects that embed global dimension
practice firmly in the curricula of established partnerships of two years or more duration. School-to-school
partnerships can apply for up to £5,400. If two schools in each country are working together (four schools in
total) the maximum you can apply for is £10,800. If three schools in each country working together (six
schools in total) the maximum you can apply for is £16,200.
The next closing date is March 1 2007.
Details from:

Partnerships with France
Following the Anglo-French Education Agreement signed by the then Secretary of State for Education and
Skills, Charles Clarke and his counterpart, Luc Ferry, at the Le Touquet summit on 4 February 2003, the
British Council developed a number of opportunities for schools and teachers to work with colleagues in
      Anglo-French Curriculum Projects Grants are available for schools with an established
         partnership with a school in France to encourage staff and students to work together on a creative
         joint curriculum project in subject areas such as drama, science, music or sport. Projects should be
         linked to the curricula of both the French and the English school and must include a language
         element. The project must include a pupil visit to France (minimum 10 pupils). Schools will be
         expected to develop this partnership on a long- term basis. Applications from primary, special and
         secondary schools are welcome.
      Teacher Fellowships (for schools across England with an established partner school in France)
         Funding is available to provide opportunities for teachers of all disciplines and phases to spend up to
         ten days working on a personal research project in a French school.
      Student Fellowships Opportunities for 6th form students to spend ten working days in a French
         school on a particular piece of individual research. A good working knowledge of French is required
      Vocational Partnerships Applications are invited from FE colleges in England with a partner lycée
         professionnel in France for grants with which to carry out international work placements. Fashion,
         cabinet making and business studies are just some of the subject areas that have been successfully
Further information:

Partnerships with Germany
Anglo German opportunities include:
     Joint Curriculum Projects. UK primary and secondary schools with established partnerships with
       German schools can apply for funding to undertake a joint curriculum project, taking a minimum of
       10 students to Germany.

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       Anglo German Teacher Fellowships. Teachers can apply for funding to spend two weeks working
        in a German school and undertaking professional action research projects or developing curriculum
     Anglo German Student Fellowships Students aged 16 or over at a school or college in England
        can apply for funding to spend two weeks studying in a German school taking part in lessons and
        working on an individual research project.
     Anglo German Teacher Study Visits - to share best practice
Further information:

Partnerships with Spain
Anglo Spanish opportunities include:
Joint Curriculum Projects: Funding is available to encourage primary and secondary schools to undertake
joint projects with Spanish partners and for a minimum of 10 students to visit the Spanish school.
Anglo Spanish Teacher Shadowing: Teachers can apply to spend two weeks working in a Spanish partner
school, undertaking professional action research projects or developing curriculum materials
Anglo Spanish Student Fellowships: Students aged16-18 can apply to work on their own research project
and attend lessons in their school‟s Spanish partner institution
Further information:

School Links and Partnerships with China
Information on grants available to schools interested in establishing links with schools in China can be found
Support is available for:
      Developing school or Local Authority partnerships
      Language Immersion courses in China for teachers and students
      Joint curriculum projects with schools in China
      Chinese Language Assistants working in English schools
Partnerships with the Middle East
Information on support available to schools interested in working with schools in Bahrain, Iraq, Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia (KSA), Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen can be found on
The UK-Middle East School partnerships programme aims to enhance mutual awareness and understanding
amongst student peers – particularly the 11 – 14 age group and their schools and families in order to break
down stereotypes and uninformed negative perceptions between the region and the UK.

Partnerships with Japan
Information on grants available to schools interested in establishing links with schools in Japan can be found
Grants are available for:
     Language immersion for teachers and students - to support intensive Japanese language and
         culture studies
     School based projects – grants to support the establishment of joint curriculum work
     Japanese Language Assistants

Partnerships with Russia
Information on grants available to schools interested in establishing links with schools in Russia can be found
Support is available for:
          Joint Curriculum Projects between UK and Russian schools
          Teacher Fellowships
          Russian Immersion course for students to undertake an intensive two weeks in Russia attending
             language lessons and taking part in cultural activities.
          Russian Language Assistants working in UK schools

Partnerships with Ghana, Uganda, Malawi and South Africa
 Link Community Development set up links between UK schools and primary schools in Ghana, Uganda,
Malawi and South Africa and secondary schools in South Africa. UK schools are provided with a detailed
profile of the African school, help with communication, background information, suggestions for development
education activities and annual updates. Further information on:

Partnerships with Portugal
Information on grants available to schools interested in establishing links with schools in Portugal can be
found on:
Support is available for:

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           Joint Curriculum Projects
           Teacher shadowing

Learning Through Language
Linking with a Spanish district through the „Learning Through Language‟ programme organised regionally.
The link for Wiltshire is Andalucía and in particular the city of Seville.

Connecting Classrooms - School Cluster links with Africa
Cluster groups of 3 UK schools can apply to partner with schools from two different countries in sub-Saharan
Africa. The schools will link for intercultural dialogue and to increase knowledge and understanding of each
other's societies. Further details on:

Linking with India – UKIERI - The UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI)
This new initiative brings together clusters of schools in the UK and India for joint curriculum projects and
professional development opportunities. Further details on:

Dreams + Teams – Linking through Sport
Dreams + Teams is an international linking programme aimed at developing Young Leaders through sport.
This initiative is open to Sports Colleges and involves the training of young people to act as Young Leaders
and to organise a sports festival in their community. It encourages links via e-mail, video conferencing and
face-to-face contact. Further details from:

iEARN– on line collaborative projects
iEARN is a network of over 20,000 schools in more than 109 countries working online using the
internet and other communication technologies including video conferencing to enable teachers and
students to work together on educational projects with peers in their countries and around the world.
For further information:

Video conferencing in the Classroom – Global Leap                                                 Global
Leap is a resource for teachers around the world, enabling them to get help, advice and support to develop
videoconferencing in the curriculum, to find videoconferencing partners and to book interactive
videoconference lessons. For further information contact Mike Griffiths:

eTwinning enables schools across Europe to work together through Information and Communications
Technology (ICT). It can be a simple and straightforward way of finding partner schools and working on a
range of exciting curriculum projects.

eLanguages is a new on-line collaborative programme enabling teachers to work in partnership with
colleagues around the world.
Funded by the DfES it is free and simple to use and can help in finding a partner school. This is a multilingual
site operating in 20 languages with access to a wide range of resources.

You may also like to check the following websites:

       British Council Education and Training Group
       Global Gateway - the DfES website for the international dimension:
       BBC Worldclass:

Further Information

For further information please contact:
Paul Quantick, Schools International Development Officer, Schools Branch, County Hall,
TROWBRIDGE BA14 8JB                     Mobile 07810 528168

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