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Nurture leadership in yourself, pupils, and colleagues

As part of Connecting Classrooms you can develop student leadership and personal development (SLPD) in your school or college through this comprehensive 9-10 week core skills training, which offers a blend of 2 face-to-face sessions and online support. This course is suitable for all teachers from state schools including EYFS, primary, secondary and FE, including special schools and PRUs based in England.

Completing this course makes you eligible for Connecting Classrooms Professional Partnership funding to deepen your learning through an international visit.

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During this programme you will:

  • Build character, resilience and grit in your pupils
  • Plan projects, lessons and challenges that promote leadership in learning
  • Relate leadership scenarios in school or college to real-world challenges
  • Understand the issues in enabling students to lead meaningfully
  • Collaborate to plan and lead professional development through reflective practice

This programme is designed to help you:

  • Understand how to enable students to lead in a range of different contexts and purposes both in and out of school or college
  • Learn strategies that enable you to consciously nurture and develop the leadership capacities of your students
  • Grasp how leadership capacities relate to, for example, team-work, problem solving and resilience
  • Apply leadership skills to challenges and real life contexts, and appreciate the place of self-awareness as a driver for leadership


This course is suitable for all teachers from state schools including EYFS, primary, secondary and FE, including special schools and PRUs based in England.


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.


PLEASE NOTE: The following courses are oversubscribed. There is the possibility that a current delegate will drop out before the day. By clicking ‘book your place’ and completing the following form, you are submitting your interest to attend and will be placed on a waiting list. By submitting the form you are are not automatically enrolled on the course.

Location Course type Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
St. Helens 2 days | 9am-4pm Thu 12 Oct 17 Wed 20 Dec 17 -
Essex 3 afternoons | 4-7pm Thu 02 Nov 17 Thu 09 Nov 17 Thu 01 Mar 18
London 3 afternoons | 3.30-6.30pm Wed 22 Nov 17 Wed 06 Dec 17 Wed 28 Feb 18
Leeds 2 days | 10am-4pm Thu 07 Dec 17 Mon 20 Mar 17 -


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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