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1 An Introduction

2 British Council Contacts UK Ruth CocksProject Delivery Manager Stephen HullProject Delivery Officer Mexico Bruno HernándezProject Manager Venezuela Mark GregsonProject Delivery Manager Jamaica Camille Neil Project Delivery Manager Trinidad and Tobago Allyson Pantin Project Delivery Manager

3 What is Connecting Classrooms? British Council Connecting Classrooms builds lasting partnerships between groups of schools in the UK and around the world. Through these partnerships, the programme develops trust and understanding between different communities, and gives young people the skills and cultural awareness they need to live and work in a global society.

4 Connecting Classrooms Funded and managed by the British Council Sustainable partnerships between groups of schools in the UK and around the world Aims to bring about long-term change through working with teachers, school leaders, local authorities and policy-makers Joint curriculum projects Professional development for teachers and school leaders Online community of schools DCSF International School Award accreditation

5 Connecting Classrooms has three core components which will be delivered worldwide. COLLABORATIVE LEARNING Collaborative Curriculum Projects RECOGNITION International School Award PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT To embed the international dimension Next

6 COLLABORATIVE LEARNING Core: Collaborative Curriculum Projects RECOGNITION Core: International School Award PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Core: To embed the international dimension Global Citizen Award International Teacher Award International Leader Award Community Action Projects Language Projects Bilateral Leadership Programme Coaching and Mentoring Students as Leaders Arts Projects

7 Collaborative curriculum projects Enable learners to interact across Geographical boundaries to enhance their understanding of each others societies, languages and cultures. Back

8 Professional development To enable teachers and school leaders to build capacity, support, international partnerships and embed the international dimension within the culture and ethos of the schools involved. Back

9 Recognition Schools that participate in Connecting Classrooms become eligible for the International School Award, recognising the schools commitment to forming international partnerships and developing global citizens Back

10 Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

11 Connecting Classrooms CountryPilot SchoolsCohort One Schools Cohort Two Schools Brazil25 Mexico15 Venezuela10 Colombia10 Argentina810 Cuba555 Chile10 Jamaica555 T&T555 Total9395

12 The Programme Year 1 Contact seminar preparation workshop making the most of the contact seminar Contact seminar, 4 days Meeting partners, forming partnership, planning joint project work School visit and case study Joint curriculum projects Starting curriculum related joint project activities Year 2 Cluster grant UK and LAC cluster receive £2,500 for project work. Cluster co-ordinators receive £1,000 for co- ordinating partnership Joint curriculum projects Curriculum related joint project activities Professional development opportunities Developing practitioners skills e.g ICC ISA? Year 3 Cluster grant UK and LAC cluster receive £2,500 for project work. Cluster co-ordinators receive £1,000 for co- ordinating partnership International Leader Award International Schools Award Pilot

13 The programme impacts on actual curriculum delivery and entitlement though policy dialogue and partnerships with ministries and government agencies, curriculum bodies, local authorities or districts. Partnership work is embedded in the ethos and curriculum of the organisations participating and based on mutuality. The programme reaches millions through strategic area links, media partnerships, high profile events and conferences and pre-established networks. Scope & dissemination: Sustainability: Systemic impact: Values Partnerships within the model are characterised by three principles:


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