With the ever changing nature of the world as we know it, socially, economically and environmentally, it’s vital that young citizens know their place in the world. Teaching them about global issues is imperative.

Our global education programme for Schools and Connecting Classrooms is specifically designed to help teachers do this.

We aim to give all young people the opportunity to succeed in a globalised society. Connecting Classrooms enables students and their teachers to:

  • understand issues of worldwide importance 
  • gain a sense of social responsibility 
  • develop skills to succeed in the global economy.  

How we're connecting classrooms

Classrooms are connected in a variety of ways, including partnerships, online collaborations, grants for teachers to visit their partner schools, professional development opportunities and the International School Award (ISA). 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can download the continuing professional development booklet at the bottom of this page to read more on our offer.


Is your school involved with a school overseas? If so, you could be eligible for funding from the Connecting Classrooms programme. Getting involved will help you develop your young people as global citizens and as a teacher, you will also benefit through sharing best practice with colleagues in other countries.

To apply for funding, send an email to Schools@britishcouncil.org

International School Award

For the International School Award (ISA) we recognise schools that have shown a strong commitment to their partner schools or those which continue to enrich their students’ lives, inspiring interest in international cultures and global issues.

It’s free to apply and the two levels of accreditation (intermediate or full) are open to all schools. 

Visit the ISA pages on the Schools Online website to learn more and find out how to get involved.

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