connecting classroom kids

About the programme

Our global education programme, Connecting Classrooms, is a schools programme specifically designed to help teachers teach young citizens about global issues.

Our international partnerships are at the heart of everything we do. They enable young people to:

  • understand issues of worldwide importance 
  • gain a sense of social responsibility 
  • develop skills to succeed in the global economy. 

How we're connecting classrooms

Classrooms are connected in a variety of ways, including partnerships, online collaborations, grants for teachers to visit their partner schools, professional development opportunities and the International School Award (ISA). 


Is your school involved in a partnership between the UK and another country? If so, you could be eligible for funding from the Connecting Classrooms programme. Getting involved will help you develop your young people and as a teacher, you will also benefit through sharing best practice with colleagues in other countries.

You can be part of this exciting initiative. It’s free and simple to set up your first partnership, and we can help you incorporate global themes into your school’s curriculum and build lasting international relationships. Grants are also available to help you set up visits with partner schools and to support projects.

If you’re interested or want to know more, British Council Schools Online website or email Anas Idrees or Fatima Mazeh.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

We also offer workshops and online courses to help you get the most out of school partnerships. 

Our online courses provide information and advice on:

  • 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 Saudi teachers and 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.

We also have another course designed for school leaders. If you want to get involved please email Anas Idrees or Fatima Mazeh.

International School Award

With the International School Award (ISA), we recognise schools that have shown a strong commitment to their partner schools. Those which continue to enrich their students’ lives, inspiring interest in international cultures and global issues.

It’s free and open to all schools. Visit British Council School Online website to learn more about the ISA and how to get involved.

Policy dialogue

We are building relationships and networking, working with education policy makers, encouraging them to develop best practice in education and support Saudi's national priorities.

We’ll organise visits between participating countries, and inspire you to exchange and challenge ideas at international conferences. Please contact Anas Idrees to learn more.