About the programme

Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme for schools, designed to help young people to develop the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a globalised economy, and contribute responsibly both locally and globally.  The global programme has already reached over 18,000 schools and trained more than 28,000 teachers in 50 countries since 2012.

In the Middle East and North Africa, Connecting Classrooms has engaged over 100 policy and decision makers, provided professional development training to almost 3,000 teachers and school leaders, and engaged over 900 schools, 112 of which have run successful international partnerships with schools in the UK.  In Iraq, the third round of the Connecting Classrooms programme aims to reach hundreds of teachers and head teachers through a wide range of programme activities such as professional development courses, international partnerships and International School Awards.

Recent research has shown that the majority of education systems around the world, including in the UK, are not equipping young people with the skills they need to succeed in this rapidly changing, globalised environment.

The new Connecting Classrooms programme aims to address this gap in global skills by continuing to build the capacity of teachers, school leaders and policy makers to support them to integrate a range of core skills into the curriculum, thereby improving learning outcomes for young people in:


  1. · critical thinking and problem solving
  2. · creativity and imagination
  3. · digital literacy
  4. · citizenship
  5. · student leadership
  6. · collaboration and communication

Under Connecting Classrooms, the British Council works in partnership with ministries, education institutions and practitioners to support system and curriculum reform, professional development, and improved learning outcomes for young people.

How we're connecting classrooms

Classrooms are connected in a variety of ways, including professional development opportunities, International partnerships, online collaborations, and the International School Award (ISA). 

International School Award

The International School Award is a prestigious badge of honour for schools that can bring an international dimension to teaching and learning. The accreditation aims to introduce or develop your school’s international dimension by providing:

· a framework for international partnerships and global learning

· recognition for teachers and their school

· opportunities to raise the school’s profile through local and national media.

 All schools are eligible to gain the International School Award. The accreditation framework helps you to record and evaluate international work and embed it into the curriculum and whole school ethos. Your global partnership could help bring the school together and improve its sense of collective ethos and identity. British Council Schools Online web community can assist you in finding a partner and achieving the accreditation whilst supporting your school as they develop their international strategy.

 “Through this project, we tried to enrich our students' lives, inspiring interest in international cultures and global issues. This project has a positive impact not, just on our students, but also the teachers of the school. It is a leadership challenge that fosters team building, innovation, and project management skills.” - Ina’am Alawadi,Teacher and ISA coordinator.


Is your school involved in a partnership between the UK and another country? 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.

You can be part of this exciting initiative.

It’s free and simple to set up your first partnership, and we can help you incorporate global themes into your school’s curriculum and build lasting international relationships. 

If you’re interested or want to know more, check the British Council Schools Online website, or contact us.

More information

Visit the British Council Schools Online website to find out more about the Connecting Classrooms programme and to learn how you can get involved.