About the programme

Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme, works with schools around the world to help young people develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to make a positive contribution now and in the future.  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. Since 2016, 

Recent research has shown that most 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

Connecting Classrooms is the British Council’s global education programme for schools in partnership with the UK government Department for International Development (DFID) and the Ministry of Education in Tunisia. 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.

Connecting Classrooms Programme has reached schools in all Tunisian governorates. 

'It is thanks to Connecting Classrooms that we could bridge the gap between our students in Tunisia and students in different parts of the world. Connecting Classrooms created a fertile ground for our students to develop their sense of global citizenship'
Ali SOULI, Senior English Language Inspector

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Our high-quality professional development courses, focusing on the latest international practices, enable leaders and teachers to strengthen their knowledge and skills and to create an enriched learning experience for students. We offer training courses that are designed and developed for both teachers and school leaders, ensuring improvements and enhancements are embedded throughout every level of the school. Courses are delivered by the Connecting Classrooms global network of experienced professional trainers, who are ready to share their experience, effective practices and advice with your teachers and leaders.

If you’re interested or want to know more, check this link 

Examples of our online courses:

  • 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.

School Partnerships

By supporting schools to enrich the curriculum and implement new practices, we help to improve teaching in the classroom, increasing engagement and improving the performance of under-achieving learners. Our programmes connect learners globally through shared learning experiences, increasing their cultural awareness and bringing more relevance to education. We help schools prepare learners for life and work by motivating them to become effective global citizens, improving employability and giving them the best opportunities to thrive, flourish and grow.

Our international programmes, resources and collaboration opportunities broaden learners’ horizons, open their eyes to global thinking and equip them with skills for today’s world 

If you’re interested or want to know more, check the School Partnerships link

International Collaboration

We support Tunisian schools to develop partnerships with schools in the UK, enabling teachers and leaders to support their professional development journeys by becoming part of an international community of practice. Teachers can also access our free classroom resources designed to support joint projects with partner schools, helping students develop their core skills by collaborating and interacting with their peers across the UK

If you’re interested or want to know more, check the International Collaboration link 

Accreditation

International School Award

The International School Award (ISA) is a global accreditation scheme recognising good practice in incorporating the international dimension into schools 

The accreditation aims to introduce or develop your school’s international dimension by providing:

  • A framework for international partnerships and global learning
  • Recognition for teachers and their school
  • Opportunities to raise the school’s profile through local and national media.

All schools are eligible to gain the International School Award. The accreditation framework helps you to record and evaluate international work and embed it into the curriculum and whole school ethos. For more information, check the International School Award handbook below.

Your global partnership could help bring the school together and improve its sense of collective ethos and identity. British Council Schools Online web community can assist you in finding a partner and achieving the accreditation whilst supporting your school as they develop their international strategy or contact us here.

Policy Dialogue

Through Connecting Classrooms, we provide policy makers with access to leading UK education experts, who provide consultancy and advice on various aspects of school systems, including curriculum development, head teacher standards and inclusive education policy, all drawing on the latest international practices and research.

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.

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