New funding available to support international partner schools visits

15 February 2019

The DfE has launched a new £2.5 million programme, in partnership with the British Council, to enable schools in England to apply for grants to take pupils aged 11 to 19 to visit a school in another country. It will provide pupils with an opportunity to experience a different culture, in Europe or further afield, help improve their language skills and build independence, character and resilience. Young people are encouraged to stay with host families where possible, giving them the best opportunity to practise their language skills and be fully immersed in another culture.

The programme will fund over 100 visits for an estimated 2,900 pupils. It is aimed at young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and participation from schools with above-average numbers of pupil premium students is encouraged. The programme has a simple application process, grants to cover administrative costs, as well as seminars to help schools without much experience of international visits, to find partner institutions abroad.

Find out more here.