Connecting Classrooms
Children from around the world - Connecting Classrooms ©

British Council

In light of the impact of Covid-19, updates are available on this page about changes to the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme.


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 programme is co-funded by the British Council and UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

The global programme has already reached over 20,000 schools and trained more than 52,000 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 3,500 teachers and 1,800 school leaders, and engaged over 1800 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 headteachers participating in the wide range of programme activities, including professional development.

The Programme's New Phase

The new phase of the programme (2018 to 2021) provides inclusive opportunities for pupils in the UK and in the developing world to learn about and take action on global issues, as well as to develop their key transferable skills through six main elements: 

  • grants to support networks of schools and partnership projects between schools in the UK and schools in developing countries 
  • professional development trainings for teachers and school leaders in the UK and developing countries 
  • online partnerships plus access to teaching and learning resources
  • school and teacher accreditation and awards 
  • advocacy, awareness-raising and technical support at policy level
  • monitoring and evaluation of the above elements 

         Hanan El Zein, School Principal, Shohour Public High School, Lebanon:

"I believe that the traditional chalk and talk model of content-oriented teaching cannot prepare our young people for the future, thus we needed to shift focus to emphasise on the value-oriented experiential learning, we were able to achieve this through core skills trainings and ISA activities that focus on SDGs".

 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). 

International School Award (ISA)

The International School Award is a prestigious badge of honour for schools that can bring an international dimension to teaching and learning.

A student from Lebanon:

 “I liked the activities of ISA as we had the opportunity to talk to other students from different countries, share our thoughts, and learn more about other countries, this taught us not to pre-judge, and have pre-assumptions".

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The new Connecting Classrooms programme aims to address the 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
  • Social Enterprise

A teacher after going through inclusive pedagogies training:

  “I understood now what inclusion is, unconscious bias, medical/social model, activities that enhance inclusion such as three before me, hot seating, genes game, random act of kindness, etc., also the importance of parents’ involvement in inclusion.” 

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.

If you are interested in core skills and international collaboration courses check here, or visit this page.

Policy Dialogue

The British Council in Lebanon works with Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Centre for Educational Research and Development (CERD), and other education policy makers and institutions, to support Lebanon's national priorities through system strengthening and curriculum reform.

We facilitate exchanged visits between participating countries and the UK, and offer opportunities to share best practice in education through international conferences and events. Contact us to learn more.

Schools Partnerships

Is your school a public school involved in a partnership with a UK school? 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, register here to find partners, check the Connecting Classrooms Global Websiteapply for funding, or contact us.

More Information

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