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BBC World Class - Twin for 2012

Pupils from Trinidad and Mongolia in national dress.  Photo copyright Matt Grayson

Our partners the British Council will offer UK schools a choice of three countries to link with.

At least one choice will be in Europe and one will be a global link.

Here are some FAQs from the British Council team to help you think about options.

How do we choose?

UK schools sometimes think that a link in Europe will be less interesting than one further afield, but these links are often more creative and active and can be built on to make a Comenius application which could attract funding of around 20,000 Euros per annum.

What's the commitment?

A link with a school in an African or Caribbean country is a long-term whole-school commitment which needs a couple of staff to help to manage it and patience to set it up.

How do we deal with language barriers?

Many schools around the world teach English and will be interested in linking with UK schools to support their pupils' language learning. UK schools find that links with countries such as Kazakhstan, Taiwan, Korea or Indonesia are very useful for focusing on literacy and communication because their schools will be teaching English.

Can we have more than one link?

Yes, but you will only have one introduction in the first place. You can add to your links as long as you have staff resource to support them.

We already have a link

You can use our resources and project templates with your existing partner school or you can request another partner school - up to you!

Can we access funding?

British Council will advise you how to apply for funding once your partnership is up and running. Please note that not all partnership countries are eligible for funding. No funding can be guaranteed as each application will be assessed individually. If you need to know more about funding options please ask the British Council team.

We want to be involved but don't want a partner school

British Council will be inviting you to participate in online forums where you can post messages to schools and access resources.

We want a partner school in a specific country

If your area is linked with a particular nation (eg training camp etc) and you would really like to link with a school in this country, you need to put this on to your registration. If you have already registered, but did not specify a specific country, please let us know now!

Is the British Council the only organisation which facilitates school twinning?

The British Council and the BBC work with others in the field. You can find out more about World Class partners online and by asking the British Council team.

How can we get involved?
Join World Class

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