Multilateral partnerships are cross-curricular projects that involve at least three schools or colleges from at least three European countries. They enable staff and students in the UK to work together with partners in other Comenius eligible countries for the duration of the two year partnership.
Staff and students in nursery, primary, secondary, special schools, sixth form and further education colleges are eligible. Find out which countries you can work with.
In addition to learning more about other cultures and gaining an insight into other teaching practices, participating staff have reported increased enthusiasm and motivation from colleagues and children alike, often resulting in raised standards across the curriculum.
The benefits to the school include valuable opportunities for staff and students to work together, develop focused approaches to problem-solving, and build pedagogical programmes. Pupils and students also have the possibility of visiting their partner institutions through the funding available.
The partnerships can provide a great opportunity for in-service training, through mobility activities such as teacher exchanges, head teacher study visits, teacher placements and project meetings.
Funding is awarded as a fixed lump sum amount, based on the number of mobilities (staff and/or pupils travelling abroad). Click here to find out more about funding for school partnerships.
You will need to find partner schools to work with (we can help you with this). You may then wish to set up a preparatory meeting with your partner schools before making your application.
Whilst multilateral partnerships require institutions in at least 3 participating countries, we recommend you consider operating a partnership involving four or five institutions in the event any partner schools are unable to participate when the project starts.
To apply for a multilateral partnership go to the How to Apply page
The British Council holds Application Surgeries - both face-to-face and online - to help you with your application. Check the Events page for more details.
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