Languages in S1-S3

Developing partnerships

"Research evidence indicates that well supported partnerships can lead to significant and sustained improvement and raised attainment."

The School Improvement Partnership Programme (Education Scotland, 2018)

SCILT resources

Support for schools to develop partnerships through languages


DYW toolkit
Partner with business
case study

Espacios Increíbles
Professional learning partnership

Scottish Languages Employability Award

Successful partnerships recognised

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. 

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.

Funding programmes

Grants are available for activities between partner schools, including:

  • planning visits for teachers
  • first-time trips for pupils
  • joint thematic projects, including flexible grants for projects on WWI and the UK’s future in Europe

Support for school and youth partnerships

Practical advice and support for setting up or reviving UK-German school partnerships, including help with finding a partner school, developing projects and planning visits, as well as other school partnership initiatives.

Networks, seminars and youth initiatives

Bilateral networks of young people engaging in UK-German projects, which aim to increase interest in and motivation for the language and culture of Germany and the UK.

UK-German Connection also runs regular seminars on different themes, such as ‘seas and oceans’ or cultural heritage, as well as alumni events and youth initiatives. Contact UK-German Connection to find out more, or register your interest.

Host a teacher from Germany

Hosting a teacher from Germany for two or three weeks is free and flexible. It offers schools the chance for some authentic German cultural input and supports language teaching at the same time.

Summer course group leaders

Paid CPD opportunities for teachers to act as group leaders on the German Pupil Courses. 

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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