About the programme

Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme for schools, designed to help young people to develop the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a globalised economy, and contribute responsibly both locally and globally.  The global programme has already reached over 18,000 schools and trained more than 28,000 teachers in 50 countries since 2012.

In the Middle East and North Africa, Connecting Classrooms has engaged over 100 policy and decision makers, provided professional development training to almost 3,000 teachers and school leaders, and engaged over 900 schools, 112 of which have run successful international partnerships with schools in the UK.  Lebanon is the country with the largest Connecting Classrooms programme in the region; we have 56 international partnerships with UK schools and over 3,500 teachers and head teachers participating in the wide range of programme activities, including professional development.

Recent research has shown that the majority of education systems around the world, including in the UK, are not equipping young people with the skills they need to succeed in this rapidly changing, globalised environment.

The new Connecting Classrooms programme aims to address this gap in global skills by continuing to build the capacity of teachers, school leaders and policy makers to support them to integrate a range of core skills into the curriculum, thereby improving learning outcomes for young people in:

  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • creativity and imagination
  • digital literacy
  • citizenship
  • student leadership
  • collaboration and communication

Under Connecting Classrooms, the British Council works in partnership with ministries, education institutions and practitioners to support system and curriculum reform, professional development, and improved learning outcomes for young people.

"Exchange of ideas and expertise with teachers from other schools in Lebanon and the UK helped us improve the educational outcomes for young learners by unleashing their imagination and creativity and expanding their range of knowledge in addition to getting familiar with different cultures." - Louanna Assaad Hojeily, teacher

How we're connecting classrooms

Classrooms are connected in a variety of ways, including partnerships, online collaborations, grants for teachers to visit their partner schools, professional development opportunities and the International School Award (ISA)

Partnerships

Is your school involved in a partnership between the UK and another country? If so, you could be eligible for funding from the Connecting Classrooms programme. Getting involved will help you develop your young people as global citizens and as a teacher, you will also benefit through sharing best practice with colleagues in other countries.

You can be part of this exciting initiative.

It’s free and simple to set up your first partnership, and we can help you incorporate global themes into your school’s curriculum and build lasting international relationships. 

Grants are also available to help you set up visits with partner schools and to support projects.

If you’re interested or want to know more, check the British Council Schools Online website, or contact us.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

We also offer workshops and online courses to help you get the most out of school partnerships. 

Our online courses provide information and advice on:

  • the Connecting Classrooms programme
  • education for global citizenship
  • inter-cultural and global awareness
  • sustainable partnerships.

You can also get involved with a face-to-face workshop, tailored specifically for Lebanese teachers and focused on promoting global citizenship. The programme is divided into introductory and advanced level and is designed to: 

  • enable you to share experiences and knowledge 
  • benefit you whether you have basic or extensive global citizenship and international experience 
  • renew enthusiasm 
  • generate new ideas you can implement at school
  • encourage and equip you to strengthen the international nature of your school’s curriculum.

We also have a leadership programme designed for school leaders. It is made up of 22 modules.If you want to get involved, contact us.

Policy dialogue

We are building relationships and networking, working with education policy makers, encouraging them to develop best practice in education and global citizenship and support Lebanon's national priorities.

We’ll organise visits between participating countries, and inspire you to exchange and challenge ideas at international conferences. Contact us to learn more.

More information

Visit the British Council Schools Online website to find out more about the Connecting Classrooms programme and to learn how you can get involved.