The British Council works with a wide range of schools across Pakistan, in both the public and private sectors. From policy level engagement to head teachers’ leadership skills development, teachers’ continuing professional development, student competitions and school to school partnerships, the British Council brings the best of UK expertise and innovation in school education and facilitates mutually beneficial relationships between school systems and professionals in Pakistan and the UK.

Connecting Classrooms Programme

Connecting Classrooms is the British Council's global education programme for schools, co-funded by the British Council and the UK's Department for International Development.The programme was first launched in Pakistan in 2007. The programme offers school partnerships, professional development courses, accreditation and the chance to share best practice with international counterparts. In the last three years, the programme has connected more than 1200 schools from Pakistan with various schools in UK and other countries, providing educational benefits to young people. Connecting Classrooms has also built the capacity of more than 15,000 teachers and 5,000 head teachers to benefit over 100,000 students across Pakistan.

The Connecting Classrooms programme supports schools internationally to learn about, and collaborate on, the big issues that shape our world.

Connecting Classrooms is a flexible journey for schools around the world of learning, knowledge sharing and international collaboration. It entails the following:

  1. Partner with schools – collaborate with peers in the UK and other countries on school activities focusing on Core Skills. Partnerships offer teachers the chance to share experiences and learn from each other.
  2. Develop your skills – we encourage teachers and school leaders to continually improve their knowledge and expertise at embedding Core Skills in their teaching, by completing our training courses, available online and face-to-face.
  3. Classroom activities – complete activities with partner schools based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Download one of our free resources to start embedding the principles and themes of the SDGs in your classroom. Core Skills, sometimes referred to as deep learning skills or 21st century skills, introduce young people to new ways of working, new ways of thinking, and new ways of living in a global world.
  4. Apply for funding – as a cluster of schools or one-to-one school partnership, schools (through their UK partner) can apply for funding to facilitate visits, events and training as part of the Connecting Classrooms journey.
  5. Accreditation – whatever stage of the Connecting Classrooms journey the schools have managed to reach, they will receive the relevant level of recognition to highlight their achievements in embedding international education in their school.

Schools are also invited to make use of the many classroom resources, free online training courses and other opportunities to partner with overseas schools with and through a range of other organisations.

Connecting Classrooms is about more than just understanding global issues; it is about developing both teachers and students to create positive change in the world. As part of Connecting Classrooms, the schools can:

  • visit a partner school, collaborate and plan how to embed global themes into their curricula
  • strengthen pre-existing partnerships and expand their network
  • equip students with the skills they need to thrive in an increasingly global world
  • take part in fully-funded training for leaders and teachers, face-to-face or online
  • support the international collaboration of young people in their community and play a part in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
  • achieve the International School Award (ISA).

If you have any specific queries, please write to: connectingclassrooms@britishcouncil.org.pk

The programme has the following strands:

Continuing Professional Development

The teachers/head teachers can equip themselves with Core Skills in the classroom and develop the relevant skills and outlooks in young people. Both our online courses and face-to-face workshops provide an ideal opportunity for teachers to share experiences, increase knowledge, inspire one another, and discover new ways of doing dealing with challenges.

 

Core Skills

The British Council consulted a range of stakeholders, drew upon research on the deep pedagogy framework and UNESCO’s transversal skills and then decided to focus on supporting teachers in developing their pedagogy in the following six core skills and competencies.

Ways of working

  1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  2. Creativity and Imagination

Ways of living 

  1. Student Leadership and Personal Development
  2. Citizenship

 Enablers

  1. Digital Literacy –
  2. Communication and Collaboration

The above listed skills have often also been referred to as life skills, 21st century skills etc. depending upon country and context. The British Council believes that these Core Skills must be strongly embedded in the local cultural context and curriculum along with literacy and numeracy skills.

For further information, click here to download the Core Skills PDF

Course design

The workshop on Core Skills has three modules – Introductory, Advanced, and Reflection and is spread across three sessions over a period of five months.

Introductory Module: Introduction to Core Skills – One-day workshop: Principals, Head Teachers, School Management representatives attend this session along with one nominated teacher (teacher teaching any subject, any grade).

Advanced Module: Advanced Module on any one Core Skill – Two-day’ workshop: Principal or nominated teachers attend this session (teacher teaching any subject, any grade).

Reflection Module: Embedding Core Skills in Curriculum – One-day workshop: Teachers who attended the advanced module workshop previously must attend this session.

The workshops will be delivered by the British Council’s globally validated trainers.

  • Teachers will be able to create great learning experiences that support the development of core skills as well as academic curriculum content.
  • Teachers will be able to draw upon a wider range of resources to nurture core skills in their learners.
  • Teachers will be able to network with and find peer support from like-minded innovative colleagues locally and globally.
  • Heads of schools will be able to foster innovation and use of a range of teaching strategies in their schools, thus enhancing the quality of teaching and learning.
  • Heads of schools will be able to improve their own instructional leadership through mentoring their own staff and wider teaching community

For details, please click here to download the Core Skills brochure and visit the Connecting Classrooms global website

School Leadership

Promoting excellence in school leadership

The British Council’s Connecting Classrooms leadership programme for head teachers and senior educators provides tailor-made training to turn effective managers into inspiring leaders. The curriculum focuses on developing essential leaderships skills, and applying them in the context of the school, and according to international standards set by the programme.

Designed and tested by specialists in school leadership and experienced facilitators, the programme is made up of 11 modules. These modules can be further shaped into different, personalised training packages to suit educators’ needs, and can be delivered in three alternative ways. The design of the programme responds to market research, makes use of trusted local and sector knowledge, and recognises that local ministries, education authorities, agencies and schools are best-placed to understand their head teachers’ professional needs.

This menu of modules allows you to pick and choose the ones that suit the needs of your head teachers:

  1. Leading and managing and leadership styles
  2. Building teams
  3. Creating and communicating a vision
  4. Leading effective teaching and learning
  5. The power of coaching
  6. Planning, monitoring, evaluating and reviewing and self-evaluation
  7. Managing change
  8. Understanding staff motivation and development
  9. Developing inclusive schools and classrooms
  10. Protecting children in your school
  11. Leading your school finances

Course design

Each module requires a half day training, and in one day only two modules can be covered. You have the option to select the training modules according to your school leaders’ requirements. The total training duration of the school leadership courses is usually between two and three days.

The roles and responsibilities to deliver school leadership trainings are same as mentioned in the core skills training workshop section.

For details, please click here to download the school leadership brochure.

The International School Award (ISA)

The International School Award is a prestigious award offered by the British Council for schools that bring an international dimension in to teaching and learning by collaborating with schools from around the world. The schools carry out curriculum-based projects focusing around Sustainable Development Goals. The International School Award (ISA) acknowledges school collaboration internationally and provides a framework for recognising schools that:

  • champion international work and collaboration with partner schools nationally and internationally to build and develop lasting relationships
  • benchmark best practice and share professional development in teaching and learning
  • engage young people in both the global economy and global citizenship and develop their skills for life and work.

This globally recognised accreditation helps schools to enrich learning and improving their teaching by guiding on international learning activities, from introducing international education into the curriculum to embedding it within school’s culture.

For details, please click here to download the ISA brochure.

List of international school award winners in Pakistan

Course design

A two-day orientation session is organised by the British Council to orient teachers and head teachers from participating schools about the International School Award and partnership opportunities. During the orientation session teachers are briefed about the activities and documentation require to develop and submit the school’s International School Award (ISA) portfolio. Upon submission of the ISA portfolio, an assessment is carried out by the British Council and decision is made for ISA award 

Schools partnerships

This programme offers unique opportunity for schools in Pakistan to establish professional partnerships with schools in the United Kingdom and other countries to share best practices and collaborate directly with their international peers. 

  • Online Partnerships: Online school partnerships offer opportunities to the schools, head teachers, teachers and students to collaborate directly with their international peers and exchange activities. Click here for details
  • Funded Partnerships: The British Council offers grants for suitable partnerships between schools in the UK and Pakistan to implement teachers exchange programme. Grants are applied for by the lead UK school participating in the partnership.