Senior Phase

Opportunities to support partnership working in the languages classroom.

Developing partnerships

Partnership opportunities from SCILT

The Scottish Languages Employability Award is awarded by SCILT. It helps schools and businesses to build partnerships through languages in order to develop young people’s learning about the world of work and the value of language skills.

Find out more about the award through the link below.

The Award has developed out of our highly successful Business Language Champions scheme. Follow the link to access our BLC Case Studies for replicable ideas for partnership projects.

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Language Linking, Global Thinking (LLGT) is a partnership project developed by the team at SCILT, British Council and Project Trust, working with UCMLS.

Students and volunteers about to embark on their year abroad are linked with primary or secondary schools across Scotland. The aim of the project is for students to communicate with a designated class in their partner school and illustrate by way of example how enriching it is to spend a year abroad using a language other than English.

While the student is abroad, they keep in regular contact with their partner school using blog posts, emails, postcards and other resources. In turn the link class can ask questions and post comments to the student. The two-way correspondence between student and class brings the language alive for pupils and shows them the real relevance of learning a 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.

Schools Online is British Council's main partner finding tool and the ideal starting place for schools seeking a partner overseas. 

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eTwinning supports schools across Europe to collaborate online

eTwinning: Transforming Teaching and Learning film that illustrates how eTwinning can transform classroom practice. 

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

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Connecting Classrooms 

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. 

Applying for Erasmus+ funding

Erasmus+ supports UK organisations and their pupils, students, staff and young people to connect and collaborate through a range of international opportunities.

Funding is open to organisations across all sectors of learning, including schools, vocational education and training, higher education, adult education and the youth sector.

Applications to take part in the programme are made at an organisational level. Once an organisation has successfully applied for funding, individual participants can then apply through that organisation to take part.

Visit the Erasmus+ website for full details.

Through Erasmus+, UK schools can access funding:

  • pupils can take part in international exchanges and study experiences
  • staff can teach, train or job shadow abroad
  • schools can collaborate with international partners

Funding is open to UK schools and colleges providing education to pupils aged 3 – 18 years. Local authorities and school consortia can also apply.

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Funding applications must be made under one of the Erasmus+ Key Actions. These are:

  • Key Action 1: Mobility of Individuals
  • Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices
  • Key Action 3: Support for Policy Reform

Full information on what falls under each of these Actions is available on the Erasmus+ website.

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The 2019 Call for Proposals is still on the website although all of the funding deadlines have passed.

Subscribe to the Erasmus+ newsletter and receive an alert when the next call is published.

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Erasmus+ runs webinars and other events to support schools with their applications. Subscribe to the Erasmus+ newsletter to keep up-to-date with all the opportunities.

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If you have questions about the Erasmus+ programme or about your application, these might be answered through the frequently asked questions page on the Erasmus+ website. Navigate the page using the categories on the right-hand side of the page.

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Our newsletters contain articles on successful Erasmus+ -funded projects. Open Summer 2019 or Winter 2018 as PDF and search for “Erasmus”. Be inspired!

If you would like to tell us about a successful Erasmus+ project, we would love to hear from you. Email us and we could include your project in the next edition of our newsletter!

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