One-to-one Partnerships

It’s easy to take part in the Connecting Classrooms programme, and there are a host of learning opportunities and support on offer to help you.

The one-to-one partnership route offers the following support. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at if you need any additional advice or support:

  • Help to find an international partner school if you don’t already have one
  • Up to £3,000 of funding for reciprocal visits to your international partner school
  • Up to 1.5 hours of free support from your local expert advisor prior to your application for funding
  • Access to a wealth of free resources
  • Access to a range of free professional learning opportunities at any time during your project
  • Automatic accreditation through the International School Award.

Contact the Connecting Classrooms Project Manager on 0131 650 9731 or at if you need any additional information or advice at any stage of your Connecting Classrooms journey.

Start your journey…

Follow the steps below to start your one-to-one partnership. Click on the hyperlinks below each step to view the resources you need for that step. If you prefer, you can download our handy ‘How to take part’ overview.

Step 1: Read the Teacher Handbook to find out more about your preferred route, and complete and return your Confirmation Form to the Project Manager.

Step 2: Find an international partner school (if you don’t already have one).

Ensure that they’re from the list of eligible countries below.

Step 3: Complete your individual school self-evaluation form.

Send it to the Project Manager once you’ve completed it. You’ll then be introduced to your local advisor.

Step 4: Access 1.5 hours of free support from your local advisor – and get planning!

They can help you with your funding application, project planning, professional learning queries and signpost you to a wealth of resources to help you.

Step 5: Submit your funding application through the British Council’s online system.

Don’t worry about missing a funding deadline – applications will be assessed every quarter until October 2020. The next deadline is January 6th 2020.

The grant of up to £3,000 contributes to the cost of one teacher from the UK travelling to visit the international partner and one teacher from the partner school travelling to the UK.

Step 6: A decision is made on your application by the British Council.

Step 7: You receive feedback on your application from the British Council.

Step 8: You take action based on the outcome of your funding application.

If you’re successful, then you’ll get 80% of your funding upfront and your project can get going! Click on the links below to access resources to help you.

If you’re unsuccessful, then you’re eligible for a further 1.5 hours of support from your local advisor to look at your application and help you reapply if you want. Regardless of the outcome, however, you’re still eligible to take part in our FREE professional learning opportunities.

Step 9: Submit your final project report.

Once it’s been checked over by the British Council, and if everything looks ok, you’ll receive the final 20% of your funding.

Step 10: Receive your International School Award.

You’ll receive the relevant level of the International School Award to recognise and highlight your achievements.

Remember, the Project Manager is available to answer any queries or questions you may have at any stage of your Connecting Classrooms journey. We look forward to hearing from you!