School Exchanges Programme funding now continued
In 2019/20, Secondary schools from across England were awarded grants to travel all over the world, through funding from the Department for Education in partnership with the British Council. Unfortunately, the programme was put on hold because of the pandemic.
Now, we are delighted to be able to tell you that the Department for Education has secured funding to continue the programme. This will enable School Exchange visits to go ahead for those schools who were already awarded a grant in the 2019/2020 school year.
Recognising that we find ourselves in a changing world, the Department for Education is clear that it has never been more important to support the development of confident, globally minded and outward-looking young people. International School Exchange Programmes enable students to spend time exchanging knowledge, culture and experiences with each other.
Schools that received an International School Exchanges Programme grant during the 2019/20 programme will be able to complete and/or close their project, by July 2022. We recognise that different students and schools are facing different challenges, and there will still be the option for your school not to travel and, if applicable, return the grant money.
This programme extension will give schools across England the chance to take pupils on important life-changing international exchange opportunities.
Schools that already travelled, before the pandemic, were able to give their pupils truly exceptional experiences of different countries and cultures:
'I’m truly so grateful for the opportunity, it’s taught me so much and has been an incredibly valuable experience, one of which I will definitely carry with me. It’s also given me more motivation to travel and get to experience new things. Thank you so much for allowing me to make the most of the trip, for giving me a wider perspective of what daily life entails for different people and for letting us experience a brand-new culture altogether. Genuinely was the most amazing week I've ever had the privilege of experiencing and now I am so lucky to be able to share it with my friends and peers and to look back on it in the future (and hopefully return one day).' Pupil from North Leamington School on their trip to India.
'It was an excellent experience for all staff and students involved. I’m certain that this has had an impact on our students’ awareness of other cultures and norms. Equally, there was a positive buzz in the school overall after the arrival of the Spanish students. A great experience overall!' Head Teacher from Priory Community School on their trip to Spain.
Read the updated guidance for schools travelling to other parts of Europe.