What is Connecting Classrooms?
Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme brought to you by the British Council in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID).
It offers a free learning journey which helps teachers to improve their classroom practice and develop their ideas with like-minded teachers internationally.
By developing and networking with thousands of teachers across the world, the British Council aims to help young people develop the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a globalised economy.
Why take part?
Part 1: Continued professional development courses
The first part of the journey is to learn more about teaching the core skills which young people need in the 21st century. Connecting Classrooms offers six core skills training courses which are available across Northern Ireland:
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Creativity and imagination
- Digital literacy
- Communication and collaboration
- Student leadership and personal development.
Each course is suitable for teachers of all Key Stages and supports delivery in the following areas of the Northern Ireland curriculum:
- Cross-curricular Skills: Communication and Using ICT
- Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities
- Personal Development and Mutual Understanding
- Learning for Life and Work
Part 2: Professional Partnerships
Once you have completed the CPD training, you can move on to develop an international professional partnership with an overseas school. Professional partnerships allow you to seek advice and support on embedding the core skills in your curriculum and classroom.
Benefits of partnerships include:
- An international element to your CV and teaching credentials
- Broadening your horizons by sharing experience with a school from a different culture
- Learning more about education in a diffeent context to reapply this at home
- The opportunity to become a member of an international network of learners
- Materials developed by educational experts to help you collaborate with your professional partner.
A unique part of the Connecting Classrooms offer is that the British Council provides funding for international partners to work together face-to-face on embedding the core skills from policy level to the classroom.
Click here to see how working in collaboration with a partner school in Zambia helped McClintock Primary in Omagh boost performance and make a positive impact on the whole school.