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Connecting Classrooms and Teaching the Core Skills

Connecting Classrooms

Creative Education have been working with the British Council Connecting Classrooms programme to offer free professional development courses with the opportunity to develop international school partnerships.

Face to face training with Creative Education is now closed, however you can still enrol for six free online Teaching the Core Skills packages which support teachers to:

  • learn new interactive teaching approaches and techniques to introduce core skills in the classroom, including use of digital tools and resources
  • become part of an international support network of educators to share best practice
  • create practical activity plans to embed core skills in the curriculum
  • be confident you can prepare your students for life and work in a global economy

Teachers and School Leaders can find out more about introductory and six core skills in-depth packages here. You can also read more about British Council Core Skills in Unlocking a World of Potential brochure here.

The training is free for teachers working in UK maintained schools, academies and free schools only. Independent schools are not eligible.


Online core skills courses are FREE and can be accessed by all teachers at any UK state maintained school/provider of state maintained education for 3-18 years. Courses are modular and can be taken at your own pace to fit around your busy school schedule and development needs.

Join 20,000 teachers worldwide on the core skills programme, with the opportunity to share practice with others through a virtual partnership or online core skills International Learning Forums

Six Online Core Skills packages are available which offer the same training as the previous face to face courses. You can train online at your own convenience to develop the key skills which support pupils’ learning, raise attainment and strengthen their development as informed and engaged future citizens.

Develop fresh teaching and learning approaches which help to raise interest and attainment and enhance self-reflection. Packages are focused on developing understanding and practical strategies which you can implement immediately in the classroom and continue to develop and embed across the whole school and curriculum.

Collaborate virtually with a partner school overseas. Although funding for face to face partnership has now closed, schools in the UK can still partner with schools in Africa, Asia and Middle East for virtual collaboration supported by online Project Spaces and Pupil Project Templates which cover topical themes such as Zero Hunger, Clean Energy and other sustainable development education goals. Many other Schools Online resources are also available for use in school or with a partner.

Develop your ideas with like-minded teachers internationally once you sign up for online courses you will gain access to online International Forums where you can exchange ideas and best practice with teachers globally.

Contact [email protected] for more details.
Find out more about the Connecting Classrooms programme.
Find out more about other funding opportunities through British Council.

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