Discover the power of global learning

Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme for schools. It aims to help young people worldwide develop the knowledge, skills and values they need for life and work in a global economy and is delivered by the British Council in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID).  

In Northern Ireland, the programme is delivered in conjunction with the Centre for Global Education (CGE),  who support the recruitment of schools and clusters wishing to engage in international school partnership projects and deliver CPD training packages for teachers on global learning.

About the programme

Living in an increasingly interdependent and complex world, young people need to see the relevance of their learning, and develop skills and competences that will stay with them through life. From 2018-2021, Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning (CCGL) is offering a flexible menu of opportunities, to support pupils and teachers to connect with their peers across the world and to become critically engaged and active in the issues that are shaping their lives.

  • Book in-school or cluster CPD training tailored to support your global learning journey
  • Connect students in collaborative pupil projects through an International School Partnership
  • Apply for a grant to support your project and reciprocal teacher visits
  • Join other schools in a local CCGL cluster to learn and travel together

Schools can express their interest and take up these opportunities at any time. Our Global Learning School Advisors are available to support you. Grant applications are open four times a year.

We also provide scheduled training for teachers and staged support to clusters in the run up to grant application deadlines:

Opportunities in Northern Ireland

Find an International Partner School

To find an international partner school contact or the British Council Belfast office on 028 90 192 229/266 (email

Training for Cluster Leads: Making a Successful International Partnership Grant Application

Wednesday 5th June 2019
Play Resource Centre, Belfast

To book onto this course, there must be a minimum of two schools from Northern Ireland, each with an international partner school (or awaiting a match from the British Council partnerships team). Each local school must have completed a CCGL school self-evaluation and be committed to submitting a grant application in June (April training) or October (June training) 2019. Sub-cover is available for attending this course if there are 3 or more local schools in your cluster. For further information and to book onto a training day for cluster leads visit:

Find out more:

Scheduled Global Learning Training

Belfast, Bellaghy & Omagh, April-May 2019

The Global Centre for Education is offering a Level 2 course for primary teachers in Global Learning: Educating for a Fair & Sustainable World. You must commit to attending at least two thematic plus one sharing practice sessions. If you have already been trained through the Global Learning Programme you will have covered content in the Introduction to Global Learning and Topic Based Learning workshops, though you are welcome to join if you would like a refresher. We welcome teachers that lead on Global Learning and their colleagues. All workshops run from 2:30-4:30pm:

Primary Workshops

Omagh Bellaghy Belfast
Introduction to Global Learning 26th March 27th March 28th March
Promoting Mutual Understanding through Inquiry and Mapping 9th April 3rd April 4th April
Introduction to Facilitating Pupil Action Projects 2nd April 10th April 11th April
Communication & Literacy Through Global Learning Lens 30th April 1st May 2nd May
Adding a Global Learning Dimension to Topic Based Learning 7th May 8th May 9th May
Sharing Practice Workshop 28th May 29th May  30th May
Sharing Practice Online Webinar (if unable to attend face to face) 4th June & 5th June

For further information and to book visit or email 

Book Bespoke Training for your School 2019-21

Our professional development training is designed to support schools to enhance their global learning and international school partnerships. You can book our trainers to come to your school or cluster at a time and date that suits you. The minimum number of participants is 4. For further information see pages 14-15 of the CCGL project handbook or visit:

For further Information about any of the above opportunities contact a School Advisor at the Centre for Global Education on 028 90 241 879 or email

See also