Senior Phase

Opportunities to support partnership working in the languages classroom.

Developing partnerships

Partnership opportunities from SCILT

Our DYW Toolkit is a downloadable guide which provides support for schools who want to build partnerships with local businesses in order to encourage young people to consider languages for their future careers.

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Language Linking Global Thinking is a partnership project that sees students on their year abroad linked with a primary or secondary school in Scotland. Students communicate regularly with their partner class and demonstrate how enriching it is to spend a year abroad using a language other than English. The project aims to help learners expand their horizons and understand the relevance of continuing with languages.

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The Language Ambassadors Programme aims to support schools through providing student role models to promote modern languages to young people, and encourage them to choose languages as part of their high school curriculum and higher education pathways.

As role models, the ambassadors will share their experiences and their successes; they will also be honest about the challenges they faced studying a modern language.

The Language Ambassadors Programme provides support to schools through organising visits, on-site or virtual, from teams of two or three students from a variety of years and degrees. These range from French and Spanish, to Law and a Modern Language, and our master's degree in International Business and a Modern Language.

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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.

Programmes for pupils of German

Part- and fully-funded language and culture courses in Germany for upper secondary pupils. They are a fantastic opportunity for pupils to get first-hand experience of German life and culture and improve their German language skills at the same time.

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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