Young boy sits on the floor reading a book

British Council

Connect and collaborate with teachers and pupils in a different country to foster a love of reading, celebrate diverse literature and engage young readers. Grow your reading community by sharing your favourite books and stories with your partner school and develop a shared passion and enthusiasm for reading.

On this three-month project, focusing on ‘reading for pleasure’, we will introduce you to a partner school and provide you with a range of suggested curriculum-related activities which you and your pupils can develop along with pupils in your partner school.

Aimed at primary / KS2, this project is inspired by the refreshed DfE Reading framework, but equally supports key literacy outcomes in the Curriculum for Excellence, Curriculum for Wales and the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

The next round will run in the summer term 2024 - registration for this round is now closed. Please register your interest for future rounds using the Expression of Interest form below. Priority will be given to schools who have not run a partnership before.

Reading for pleasure, April 2024

For this round, we are delighted to be working with our colleagues in Jamaica to learn about each other’s culture through words and books and to share a love of reading. 

A minimum of 25 UK and 25 Jamaican schools will be placed in one-to-one partnerships, coming together as a whole group for webinars delivered by the British Council team and expert practitioners.

We will end with a live celebration event, when schools from all over the world will join us to hear about what we’ve learned and to celebrate with us the joy of reading.

Future rounds

Register your interest now using the link below and keep up-to-date with upcoming rounds and opportunities.  

For schools in the UK, follow the link: 

Register your interest

Schools outside the UK can register on our Partner Finder database.

Reading is an exercise in empathy, an exercise in walking is someone else’s shoes for a while.”
Malorie Blackman, British writer and children's laureate from 2013-2015


What is a guided partnership? 

A guided partnership introduces schools in the UK to schools overseas, guiding and supporting them through a series of short-term, collaborative, curriculum-based activities. The guided part of the project typically lasts for two or three months but schools are encouraged to continue their partnership into the future. Find out more