Teachers and school leaders in Scotland, across the UK and around the world are being encouraged to bring the world into their classrooms by celebrating International Education Week 2018 from 12-16 November. In a global society that is becoming ever more interconnected, we want as many people and organisations as possible to get involved in highlighting the educational benefits of international collaboration, language learning and cultural exchange. 

International Education Week gives us an opportunity to spread the word about the many advantages that can be gained by studying abroad, learning languages and gaining insight into cultures other than our own. The timing could not be better, as applications for the Erasmus+ exchange and mobility programme recently opened for projects taking place in 2019, which means lots of potential funding opportunities for schools in Scotland.

One of the best ways to get involved with the International Education Week celebrations is by sharing your experience. And if you are need of a little inspiration, then check out our video below featuring John Paul II Primary School in Castlemilk, where a partnership with a school in Spain has had a powerful effect on pupils. You will hear from our partners at Glasgow City Council, which is a leading example of good practice when it comes to local authorities creating international and intercultural opportunities for their schools.  

We have lots of other inspirational content for you to look forward to. All this week we will be shining a light on some of the great work taking place in Scotland by publishing a special series of blogs written by teachers and other learning professionals. With each taking a different focus, they tell of the many benefits that can be gained by bringing an international aspect to a variety of educational settings.

At the British Council we provide a range of opportunities and resources to support teachers and young people on their way to becoming truly international citizens – both inside and outside of the classroom. Visit Schools Online to find out about them all and keep an eye out on social media for content tagged with #BeInternational for all the latest International Education Week updates.

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