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The Benefits

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Here are some of the ways in which an international school link could benefit your achool: 

Enriching the curriculum - An international link can bring subjects to life, take a look at World Class  Teaching resources or a library of ideas and lesson plans, as well as links to other websites.  .

Accreditation- put your school twinning experience towards a higher education qualification. Through accreditation you can gain professional recognition for the difference you make.

As a professional, your global linking work may afford you opportunities to gain a post-graduate certificate, a diploma or a Masters degree. It may involve a piece of action research, some curriculum development, or a professional portfolio. Make the work you are doing for your global link a part of your professional development.Find out more from Cambridge Education Foundation including expert advise on Ofsted requirements.

DFID Global School Partnerships are working with universities to give accreditation to teachers involved in global school partnerships. 

Professional development - apply for Link Community Development's Global Teachers scheme and find out about other grants for professional development from the Global Gateway.

School Awards - join the International School Award, or enter the TES HSBC competition.

The International Schools Awards are run by the British Council on three levels so that every school can get involved.

Make the Link at the Times Education Supplement have a special prize rewarding some of the very best work in international partnerships.

Exchange visits - apply for grants for teachers in both schools to visit through the Global Gateway.

Put your school on the map - tell everyone about your school partnership with the World Class Twinning map share your experiences and ideas.

Work together across your school - Managing a school link on your own can be a mighty task, so why not involve the people around you? They might already have experience of school or community linking, and it will bring you and your colleagues together, make your partnership stronger and keep the momentum going! Read our A to Z of who to ask

Get publicity for your school - tell us your twinning stories.  The best ones will appear on our website and maybe get on air

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