Before you begin your search for a partner, have a look at some tips on planning your link.
Ready to start looking?
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
British Council Schools Online Website
The British Council website 'Schools Online' provides an interactive partner-finding database to link schools and colleges worldwide, as well as advice and guidance on joint projects, funding and programmes.
Please note: This website was formerly known as 'Global Gateway'. If you have previously registered with Global Gateway, you can use your existing log-in details.
The eTwinning site features a TwinFinder, which enables you to search for a partner school to work with on the collaborative tools in the dedicated TwinSpace.
More on eTwinning
Partnerschulnetz is an online partner-finding tool set up by the German Federal Foreign Office for schools looking for a link with Germany.
The ePALS Global Network is an online classroom network, which enables classroom-to-classroom project sharing, language practice and cross-cultural learning. You can register your profile, search for a partner and get your pupils working together on online projects.
Area links and town twinning
If your town or region is officially twinned with an area in a relevant country, this can provide a framework for you to develop a link, often with community support. Your Local Authority may be able to help.
A member of staff, foreign language assistant, parent or governor may know schools or teachers in the area in which you are interested.
Your partner's partner
If you already have links with a partner school, you could find out if they have links to other schools, which you could then use to establish multilateral partnerships.
Schools / colleges in your area
Find out if your neighbouring schools have partner schools overseas and could locate a partner school for you.
Commercial and industrial links
Some local companies may have offices or trade relations to other countries and may help you find a partner school.