We have many stories about our partnerships around the world.  

Here are some examples in France:

The Institut français and the British Council

The Institut Francais and the British Council are natural partners in culture. We share a passion for languages, the Arts and sharing the cultures of our great nations and learning from others. This partnership was strengthened in April 2012 by a global Memorandum of Understanding between us to collaborate in France, the UK, and the many countries in which we both operate.

Since 2012, we have worked with the Institut Français in the UK to develop a joint strategy to support contemporary music and visual arts in both our countries. From September 2013, Diaphonique and Fluxus will support collaboration, exchange, exhibitions and performances in contemporary music and the visual arts respectively. By joining forces in this way, we are able to share resources and expertise, allowing more funding to support projects and arts professionals. We are also working together to increase private and corporate funding to support talented professionals as they launch their international career and to reach audiences of over 50,000 per year with cutting edge and high quality arts work.  

The French Ministry of Education

The British Council in France has a long standing relationship with the French Ministry of Education. Our expertise in the field of cultural relations and our commitment to  language learning and intercultural exchanges make us an ideal partner. We work directly with the DAREIC (the international relations officers) in the different French local education authorities as well as other institutions and actors across the field of education throughout the country.

The wide variety of programmes that we are working on with the Ministry include:

  • Science in Schools: The Science in Schools programme enables students in France to benefit from the visit of UK based researchers in their classrooms and to conduct scientific experiments, in English, in a fun and interactive environment. This programme is supported and funded largely by the French Ministry of Education since 2007.
  • The Lefèvre and Charles de Gaulle scholarships: These bilateral programmes run in parallel to existing school partnerships by funding both class mobility and individual mobility of students. The participating schools work collaboratively around a trans-disciplinary project that involves at least two subjects including language.
  • Tremplin: This project is a social experiment and aims to improve the employability of students having obtained a professional baccalaureate or completed vocational training in two training sectors ( services and productions) The programme running in France, UK, Poland and Germany is funded by the PROGRESS programme from the European Commission’s Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Department. 
  • Rivers of the World: Over two years, secondary students from countries around the world studied their local river or that of their partner school in the UK.  With the help of professional artists they produced a collection of works that were shown at the Thames Festival on the banks of the river and in each partner city. In France, the project now completed has resulted in the production of an educational kit available for the entire educational community.
  • « Dear David Cameron… »:  is a special G8 letter-writing project for schools carried out in partnership by the French Ministry of Education, the British Embassy and the British Council.  In 2013 the UK held the G8 presidency and schools in Paris, Créteil and Versailles got the opportunity to get involved by writing a letter to David Cameron on a subject close to their hearts linked to one of the big G8 themes. Check out the video of the G8 project.

The Entente Cordiale scholarships

The Entente Cordiale scholarships are prestigious awards that fund French students who wish to study in the UK, and British students who wish to study in France for one year or postgraduate level. Working in partnership with the British Embassy in France, we award a range of scholarships in different disciplines, which gives the scheme a unique diversity.

Entente Cordiale is funded exclusively through private and corporate sponsorship. International learning experiences inject a unique set of skills for talented individuals that support their development as future leaders in their fields. Since its inception in 1995, we have built a network of more than 450 alumni who have since taken up influential positions in their chosen field, from business and industry to the arts, research, government and civil society. Supporters of Entente Cordiale find this engagement with the next generation of leaders a unique opportunity to develop talent and network in their respective fields.  

Delivering a global legacy for the Olympics International Inspiration, Europe and Worldwide.

The international legacy programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, International Inspiration aims to enrich the lives of 12 million disadvantaged young people through high quality and inclusive physical education and sport. We have already exceeded this target, reaching 13 million young people, and inspiring 35 policy and curriculum changes.

We have achieved this remarkable result by working in partnership with UNICEF, London 2012, governments and National Olympic and Paralympic Committees in 20 countries. 


Our partnership with IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts) focuses on two research projects which aim is to propose fresh perspectives on the reflection about links between arts and society. The two topics of this research are arts and economy and arts and territory.

The research report on arts and economy is available online. The research report on arts and territory will be available in a few months.

La Gaïté Lyrique

 In 2012, we collaborated with Gaïté Lyrique to create a study lab called ‘Mission 2062’ which gathered around thirty young, cultural ‘leaders’ from Europe, North America, the Middle East and Central Asia. During 3 days of research, they identified and outlined future cultural paradigms’ and the founding cultural values of what will be the legacy of 2012. The lab was part of the ‘2062, back to the future’ exhibition held at Gaïté Lyrique, an organisation with whom we share a passion for cultural innovation and interdisciplinary projects.