A strategy for our work with school systems globally

Reasons for a focus on schools systems

The British Council’s work is important for school systems because it directly addresses the internationalisation agenda for young people in the UK and around the world; it builds trust and understanding internationally through sharing practice and is mutually beneficial -  the best of British practice in schools is taken to the world and the best of the world is brought to Britain.

A strategy for our work with school systems globally benefits the UK by developing and inspiring innovative practice for the UK school sector.

Improving learning outcomes

The core purpose of the British Council’s work with school systems is to improve learning outcomes through:

  1. Building a body of research that is publicly available on best international practice
  2. Facilitating system improvement on a continuum from access to quality to innovation
  3. Providing services that support practitioners to deliver quality education.

Through this work, we aim to raise aspirations and support young people to live and work in an increasingly globalised world thus contributing to the stability and prosperity of our societies.

The strategic offer:

Thought leadership

The purpose of our offer in this area is to demonstrate the UK’s sector credibility in school system improvement by building a body of research that is publicly available on best international practice. This research will be generated through learning from our schools programmes and engagement with:

  • policy makers (moving the debate from reflection to action via conferences, policy dialogue, study visits, cross UK education department meetings)
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • practitioners undertaking action research
  • our evidence of impact from our work with school systems.

Systems improvement

The purpose of our offer in this area is to demonstrate the UK’s sector expertise in school system improvement and reform through the provision of:

  • access to expertise (in house and from the UK)
  • needs analysis
  • scoping visits
  • study visits
  • sharing best practice from research (including best practice and experience from across the global network)
  • tool kits and methodologies
  • project identification, management and implementation.

Supporting practitioners

The purpose of our work in this area is to support school improvement with sector expertise and create market opportunities for the UK (and, as part of that, the British Council) through:

  • skills assessment tools
  • training workshops and seminars
  • digital engagement (blended learning, partner finding, resources)
  • international experiences (placements and study visits)
  • collaborative professional partnerships* between individuals or institutions (including HE) including methodology to support these partnerships to learn from each other
  • access to UK examinations
  • opportunities for international lesson study
  • intercultural credits.

* Collaborative professional partnerships are partnerships between professionals focused on international benchmarking and improving pedagogy