Your approach will differ depending on whether you are just getting started with your school partnership or you have already been working together for some time. What matters is to move your partnership forward at a pace that suits schools on both sides of the Channel. Many schools working in partnership have found innovative ways of working together.
Get an intercultural education
Vive la différence! Working across two different school systems can prove tricky, even for two neighbouring countries. It requires effective communication but also intercultural understanding. You can develop some of the professional skills needed for a successful international school partnership via British Council online courses.
Are you looking for a project and theme that will promote discussion between both sets of students? To help you choose, take a look at our comprehensive thematic packs and our database of classroom resources categorised by theme, age and key word. You can draw on a wide range of classroom resources to embed your project in the curriculum and establish links between the various subjects.
If you want to get started on bringing an international dimension to your classroom activities, you can use our specially designed classroom resource kits.
Consult the page Join projects and classroom resources.
Forums are an opportunity for teachers to discuss, share their experiences, make contacts and come up with new ideas for developing their partnership. You can post a message and make contact with other teachers.
Work with language assistants
The language assistant programme helps schools to improve language learning by increasing opportunities for students to be exposed to modern languages. Why not ask to benefit from an French language assistant in your school?
You can find tips on working with your language assistant on the site TeachingEnglish.
Do you teach English in a primary school ?
The way modern languages are taught in primary schools is changing. In the United Kingdom and in France this change is supported by the development of many interesting new teaching resources to be explored in class.
Consult the page Resources for teaching languages in primary schools.