Languages in the primary school.

Developing partnerships

SCILT support


DYW toolkit
Partner with local business

Support from British Council

For an overview of how British Council supports partnership working and brings an international dimension into classrooms, visit the Bring the world into your school website.

Schools Online is British Council's main partner finding tool and the ideal starting place for schools seeking a partner overseas. 

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eTwinning supports schools across Europe to collaborate online

eTwinning: Transforming Teaching and Learning film that illustrates how eTwinning can transform classroom practice. 

Connecting classrooms supports schools internationally to learn about and collaborate on the big issues that shape our world.

For schools and local authorities:


Connecting Classrooms 

Opportunities from UK-German Connection

A bilateral government initiative set up to increase contact and understanding between young people in the UK and Germany by bringing them together. It offers a wide variety of opportunities, programmes and initiatives for young people, schools and teachers.

With a set of resources and online features and a focus on joint Bears activities with a project partner school in Germany, Alex and Ben bring a fun and accessible international dimension to the primary school classroom.

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Four-day visits to Germany at Christmas time, giving primary and secondary pupils the chance to experience Germany's Christmas culture in a real-life setting!

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A website for primary schools with games, quizzes and creative features for language and intercultural learning.

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UK-German Connection is funded and governed by the UK and German governments, British Council and the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst.

Applying for Erasmus+ funding

Erasmus+ supports UK organisations and their staff and young people to connect and collaborate through a range of international opportunities. Applications are made at an organisational level and once an organisation has successfully applied for funding, individuals can then apply through that organisation to take part.

Visit the Erasmus+ website for full details.

Through Erasmus+, UK schools can access funding:

  • pupils can take part in international exchanges and study experiences
  • staff can teach, train or job shadow abroad
  • schools can collaborate with international partners

Funding is open to UK schools and colleges providing education to pupils aged 3 – 18 years. Local authorities and school consortia can also apply.

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Funding applications must be made under one of the Erasmus+ Key Actions. These are:

  • Key Action 1: Mobility of Individuals
  • Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices
  • Key Action 3: Support for Policy Reform

Full information on what falls under each of these Actions is available on the Erasmus+ website.

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The 2019 Call for Proposals is still on the website although all of the funding deadlines have passed.

Subscribe to the Erasmus+ newsletter and receive an alert when the next call is published.

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Erasmus+ runs webinars and other events to support schools with their applications. Subscribe to the Erasmus+ newsletter to keep up-to-date with all the opportunities.

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If you have questions about the Erasmus+ programme or about your application, these might be answered through the frequently asked questions page on the Erasmus+ website. Navigate the page using the categories on the right-hand side of the page.

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Our newsletters contain articles on successful Erasmus+ -funded projects. Open Summer 2019 or Winter 2018 as PDF and search for “Erasmus”. Be inspired!

If you would like to tell us about a successful Erasmus+ project, we would love to hear from you. Email us and we could include your project in the next edition of our newsletter!

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Receive recognition for successful partnerships

Scottish Languages Employability Award
University of Strathclyde Education Scotland British Council Scotland The Scottish Government
SCILT - Scotlands National centre for Languages