This is a guide to the opportunities available and the benefits that international engagement can bring in delivering equity and excellence across the curriculum.
This resource will support practitioners working across lifelong learning who are interested in embedding international experience in their practice. It demonstrates how an international dimension supports the delivery of equity and excellence across the curriculum and motivates staff and learners.
The case studies and videos will show you how other centres have embedded a range of international experiences. The links will lead you to support from the British Council and other agencies, to allow you to set up international links for your centre or simply for your class. More information on a wide range of funded partnership opportunities and classroom resources to support international engagement can be found on the
British Council: Schools Online site and in the downloads section below. The links and support are designed to be used by schools, colleges and those engaged in supporting learning in the community. For schools, international engagement is an entitlement and part of
broad general education.
PDF file: Simple ways that you can embed international activity (189 KB)
Word file: An example checklist to support planning and evaluation (1.4 MB).
PDF File: A summary of the Scottish Government Strategy for International Engagement (211 KB)
Disclaimer These links and suggestions are not a comprehensive overview of all the activities and resources that are available to you nor of the published research around the benefits of international activity. Nor are they a recommendation to adopt a particular approach.
Word file: Key links supporting international activity
Word file: Links around Global Citizenship, Human Rights, Sustainability and general teacher support for International Engagement
Word file: Links for language teaching, online communities and sources of useful research for International Engagement
Cowcaddens Primary - Using eTwinning
Battlefield Primary - Using eTwinning
St Charles Primary School - Using eTwinning
Bannerman High School - Global Citizenship
Shawlands Academy - Global Citizenship
St Rochs Secondary School - Using eTwinning
Stockbridge Primary School - Using Connecting Classrooms
Lochend Community High School - Using eTwinning
The issues we face in Scotland are not unique and many of the challenges we face are similar to those faced by learners and educators all around the world.
International engagement involves learning about other countries:
The aim of the partnerships are:
International activity allows learners to understand Scotland and its place in the world. Partnerships allow those involved the opportunity to share ideas in pedagogy and the space to reflect on their own practice; and in so doing, improve the quality of learning and teaching. Partnerships can be developed digitally or can also involve face to face meetings between staff and/or learners.
There is a wealth of research that shows international experience develops learners, teachers and schools . In terms of
Excellence and Equity and
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Example of Partnership WorkingBigger Primary School - A whole school strategy.
Learner Exchange Balfron High School - Using Erasmus+
Learner Voice Biggar High School - Embedding International Experience Across the Curriculum
Global Citizenship Biggar Primary School - Embedding International Activity Across the School
Music from around the world Learners pick up Chinese instruments and culture
Integration with curriculum and motivating pupils Easterfield Primary A whole School Strategy.
Tackling Global IssuesUsing Eco Schools
International engagement strategy of Education Scotland
Education Scotland and British Council
The British Council
Core skills development from British Council