Languages in S1-S3

Developing partnerships

"Research evidence indicates that well supported partnerships can lead to significant and sustained improvement and raised attainment."

The School Improvement Partnership Programme (Education Scotland, 2018)

SCILT resources

Support for schools to develop partnerships through languages


DYW toolkit
Partner with business
case study

Espacios Increíbles
Professional learning partnership

Scottish Languages Employability Award

Successful partnerships recognised

Support from British Council

For an overview of how British Council supports partnership working and brings an international dimension into classrooms, visit the Bring the world into your school website.

Learners International supports schools in their journey of learning through partnerships with educational establishments abroad. From Education Scotland and British Council Scotland.

Connecting classrooms supports schools internationally to learn about and collaborate on the big issues that shape our world.

Hosting Language Assistants 

Opportunities from UK-German Connection

A bilateral government initiative set up to increase contact and understanding between young people in the UK and Germany by bringing them together. It offers a wide variety of opportunities, programmes and initiatives for young people, schools and teachers.

Funding programmes

Grants are available for activities between partner schools, including:

  • planning visits for teachers
  • first-time trips for pupils
  • joint thematic projects, including flexible grants for projects on WWI and the UK’s future in Europe

Support for school and youth partnerships

Practical advice and support for setting up or reviving UK-German school partnerships, including help with finding a partner school, developing projects and planning visits, as well as other school partnership initiatives.

Networks, seminars and youth initiatives

Bilateral networks of young people engaging in UK-German projects, which aim to increase interest in and motivation for the language and culture of Germany and the UK.

UK-German Connection also runs regular seminars on different themes, such as ‘seas and oceans’ or cultural heritage, as well as alumni events and youth initiatives. Contact UK-German Connection to find out more, or register your interest.

Host a teacher from Germany

Hosting a teacher from Germany for two or three weeks is free and flexible. It offers schools the chance for some authentic German cultural input and supports language teaching at the same time.

Summer course group leaders

Paid CPD opportunities for teachers to act as group leaders on the German Pupil Courses. 

UK-German Connection is funded and governed by the UK and German governments, British Council and the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst.

Turing Scheme

Schools funding

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s scheme to provide funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world.

Schools funding can give your pupils the chance to learn abroad. Organisations can apply for funding to send pupils to learn abroad. It is an opportunity for learners to learn new skills, raise aspirations and get a better understanding of other cultures. 

Find out more about the different types of activities organisations can apply for, who is eligible to take part and how to start a schools application on the Turing Scheme website.

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