Pupils discovering different countries - connecting classrooms ©

Frank Noon

Value £43 million
2012 to 2015

Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme for schools. It is designed to help young people learn about global issues and become responsible global citizens, as well as giving them the skills to work in a global economy. It offers school partnerships, professional development courses for teachers, accreditation, and the chance to share best practice with international counterparts. 

The British Council funds and manages the programme, drawing on its extensive track record in international education programmes. The programme is delivered in partnership with DFID, which contributes £17m.  

The programme reaches over 31,000 schools in more than 50 countries. Through our digital platforms we link schools from around the world. Our sector specialists design classroom activities to encourage students to engage with the world and prepare them for work in a global economy. 

We provide teachers with unrivalled support, giving them access to free professional development opportunities both online and face to face. Through our courses, they gain the skills and confidence to engage with teachers in other countries and share best practice. We also run events, encouraging teachers to network with one another and share best practice.

We also manage and deliver the International School Award, which supports schools in embedding international learning into the curriculum, and provides them with recognition for doing do. Finally we are responsible for all aspects of programme management, from application administration to monitoring and evaluation. 

'I would highly recommend a school to get involved in Connecting Classrooms. It prepares children to take their place in the 21st century.'  

Karen Noble, Headteacher, Juniper Green Primary School

Connecting Classrooms in numbers 

• 3,089 schools in partnership

• 10,830 teachers trained 

• 1,404 schools awarded the full International School Award 

• 3,284 school leaders trained 

• 461 policy makers engaged.