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About the programme

Our work with schools

Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme for schools, designed to help young people to develop the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a globalised economy, and contribute responsibly both locally and globally. 

The global programme has already reached over 18,000 schools and trained more than 28,000 teachers in 50 countries since 2012. 

In the Middle East and North Africa, Connecting Classrooms has engaged over 100 policy and decision makers, provided professional development training to almost 3,000 teachers and school leaders, and engaged over 900 schools, 112 of which have run successful international partnerships with schools in the UK. 

In Egypt, Connecting Classrooms has engaged with Egyptian policy makers, engaged with over 700 school leaders and teachers.  90 schools have been awarded for starting, developing, and embedding international dimension in their schools through curriculum based international activities implemented by 41,000 students from 3-18 years. 

Connecting Classrooms is jointly funded with the Department for International Development (DFID).

The British Council in Egypt works in partnership with ministries, educational institutions, and practitioners to support the implementation of the new Egyptian Education strategy, its professional development, and improved learning outcomes for young people.

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).

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

We offer face-to-face workshops and online courses.

The new Connecting Classrooms programme aims to address the gap in global skills by continuing to build the capacity of teachers, school leaders, and policy makers to support them to integrate a range of core skills into the curriculum. Thereby, improving learning outcomes for young people in:

  •  Critical thinking and problem solving. 
  • Creativity and imagination. 
  •  Digital literacy. 
  •  Citizenship.
  •  Student leadership.
  •  Collaboration and communication. 

We also offer leadership skills trainings for schools’ leaders. 

Our online courses

A wide range of professional development courses are available to help you develop your skills and learn new teaching approaches. 

Find out more information about our online courses from our Schools Online website 

Policy dialogue

We are building relationships through networking. We are also working with education policy makers, encouraging best practices, and supporting Egypt’s national priorities.

We will organise visits between participating countries, to build a medium for an exchange of ideas and challenges at international conferences. 


International School Award 

The International School Award (ISA) recognises schools that have illustrated a strong commitment to their partner schools. The awardees continue to enrich their students’ lives through stimulating interest in international cultures and global issues.

The award works on developing, and improving the school’s international activities within the framework of their curriculum based activities. 

Join us and you can:

  •  Celebrate, develop, and promote best practices in international education systems.
  •  Get an understanding of other countries and cultures.
  •  Enrich creative teaching and learning to encourage well-motivated and inspired young people.

All schools are eligible to apply for the award. 

International School Award consists of three levels of accreditation; foundation; intermediate; and full accreditation. It is open to all schools free of charge.

Download and read ISA Handbook

For more information, please contact us on:

Telephone: +20 (0) 2 19789 


More information

Visit the British Council Schools Online website to find out more about Connecting Classrooms programme and to learn how you can get involved.