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Connecting Classrooms

Delivered on behalf of the British Council, the Connecting Classrooms programme provides teachers with the knowledge to integrate core skills teaching in their classroom. Core skills are the essential skills that young people need to be fully prepared for life and work in a global economy.


A 2-day course run over 9/10 weeks, fully funded by the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms Programme exploring the potential of critical thinking and problem solving techniques to challenge all learners.

Without challenge and support learners are always at risk of becoming disengaged in lessons and achieving less than they are capable of.

This extended 2-day course, fully funded by the British Council, will provide you a host of ideas to really stretch your students, along with the support of our course mentors as you put them into practice.

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  • Identify how critical thinking and problem solving activities can increase the breadth and depth of learning for your students, and how to incorporate them into lessons.
  • Explore a range of ideas on how to set high expectations and support students effectively through classroom talk and questioning
  • Try out one of these ideas in a structured way between days 1 and 2 and establish its effectiveness, with the support of our course mentors
  • Share the results of your test with colleagues from day 1 and discover the impact their ideas had back at school
  • Have the opportunity (if you wish) to apply for further funding from the British Council to complete a study visit in schools in another country on this topic

Between days 1 and 2 you can explore any area of stretching students that suits you and your school, but past topics participants have explored include:

  • The use of inquiry based learning
  • Non routine problem solving
  • Predicative skills and risk assessing
  • Developing independent thinking skills through CoRT techniques
  • Challenging questions and metacognition


This course will benefit anyone with an interest in developing the use of critical thinking activities in lessons to raise the achievement of your students, whether this be within a classroom setting or across a whole school. It is suitable for any school or college that teaches children between 4-19.


Nothing. The course is completely funded by the British Council as part of its Connecting Classrooms programme. In addition to the fully subsidised course you also have the opportunity to apply after the course for a study visit to explore this topic in another country.


This course, or any other from the Connecting Classrooms programme, can be delivered in your school for free for a minimum of 10 delegates.

We will also cover the subsistence fees for any external delegates in attendance (if applicable). For further information please call the team on 020 8253 8249.


Fully funded places are strictly limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Location Course type Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Retford Mixed (3 days: 10am-4pm | 4-6pm | 4-6pm) Wed 06 Sept Thu 02 Nov Thu 16 Nov
Milton Keynes Full day (2 days | 10am-4pm) Tue 26 Sept Tue 05 Dec -
London Twilight (3 days | 3.30-7pm) Wed 22 Nov Wed 06 Dec Wed 28 Feb


Only schools funded by the government are eligible to take part. Individuals are only permitted to attend one course. By taking part in the programme you agree to attend both training sessions and record the results of your tested idea between days 1 and 2. Further funding for research visits is at the discretion of the British Council and co-ordinated through an application process that can be taken after you have attended your course.


As a result of completing a fully funded CPD training programme, teachers in the UK can apply for a £3000 grant to visit a partner school overseas to facilitate face-to-face international collaboration. It’s a fantastic way to improve your teaching credentials, share ideas and compare good practice with international colleagues.

The grant can be used to:

  • Connect with a new or existing partner school in Africa, Asia or the Middle East
  • Fund a visit to your partner school for a teacher and school leader
  • Work collaboratively to implement core skills within your classroom
  • Offer students practical opportunities to collaborate with peers internationally

To find out more about the Connecting Classrooms programme and professional partnership opportunities available to your school click here.

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