Schools Online: Registration Guide

When you register with British Council to find a partner school, you will need to fill in some simple details. These details will be seen by potential partner schools, and the contact details are particularly important.

Most schools will expect to use email for getting in touch. If you pick up email less then once a week, it is a good idea to explain this in 'Your Message'. Then schools contacting you will not expect an immediate reply. 

It is quick and easy to register your school. The section entitled 'Your message' is the most important part of your registration. Schools see the first 100 words so make sure these are the most relevant.

  • Be clear and straightforward.
  • Mention any special aspect of the school.
  • Add some description to help paint a picture.

Registration - teacher's checklist

What to write in your message

Talk about the project work your children carry out and topics they study – how could a partner school add some interest and excitement to subjects that you study?

Geography: Rivers, cities, deserts, pollution, sustainable development, alternative energy, appropriate technology, climate, tourism.

History: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, famous people, the Commonwealth and concept of empire, the World Wars.

Citizenship: Healthy eating, human rights, religious holidays, migration.

Languages: Simple exchanges using native language (your own language) or target language (the language you are teaching).

Fill in ALL the boxes

If you specify you are looking for a partner in Spain, we will contact you to tell you about contact seminars in Spain and available clusters of Spanish schools. So it's worth filling in those last few boxes!

Keep checking the latest schools

Next you need to play your part by searching for potential partners and send emails to partners you think would fit your needs. Send emails in batches of five to ten. If you don't get any replies, keep sending out more every two to three weeks. You can also find lots of teachers looking for partnerships in the teacher's forum that might fit your needs.

Search for partner schools now.

Be flexible when you contact potential school partners

If you are a small boys-only school in a rural area, you don't need to search for an identical twin! Having said that a huge city-based all-girls school might not quite fit your needs either.UK primary schools can benefit hugely from a link with a secondary school where the children are learning English and want to practise. They can work with your younger children in the medium of English and tell you all about their culture, geography, religion and language.

Contacting schools and teachers via website

Read the school's message very carefully before getting in touch. If you have particular curriculum-based requirements, say what they are to save confusion later.

Schools contacting you via Schools Online website

Are you finding that too many schools are contacting you? Perhaps you need to explain more clearly what you are looking for in your school message. Not enough? Try posting a message on our Forums instead.

First emails and first replies

After an initial exchange of emails or messages, it is a good idea to arrange a time to talk by phone. It is useful to introduce one or two teachers by name and to say why they are interested in the link. 

This could be the one!

When you have found a partner please contact us and we will suggest further support for your link. The best thing is to work this out together so you both gain from the partnership. Use this site to find ideas for shared learning activities.

Do you want to raise money for your school or partner school?

Many schools need new buildings or repairs, more staff, school fees or money for books and equipment. However, this can only be one part of a partnership and is best addressed by the staff once the partnership has been set up. If your main reason for joining this network is to find money for your school or carry out fundraising for a school in need, it will not be possible to build a good educational partnership.

Do you want to practise with your partner school?

English learning students age 12-15, can partner with a primary school class in England (ages 6-11). To get started, use a traditional folk tale, or a picture book that shows the culture in your country and work in English to explain the story. How about a guide to a famous city or landmark in your country? Send a box containing the work, or email it. The UK children can write back simple letters to say what they enjoyed about the story.

What happens after successful initial collaborations?

Teachers will find guidance in the section Building your link. It includes ideas about managing the link, and advice on teacher visits and partnership agreements.