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Professional development and German immersion. For teachers of German: Become a group leader on the German Pupil Courses and accompany a group of 12 pupils to Germany. This is a great opportunity for your professional development, whilst spending two weeks immersed in German language, daily life and culture.

The application process for group leaders for the German Pupil Courses usually opens in the week beginning 22 January and the application deadline is 1 March 2018.

Group leadership opportunities

Each year, three posts are available for qualified UK teachers with experience of teaching German up to GCSE/S5 (for course option 2) or A-level/S6 (for course option 1) and experience of taking groups of young people abroad, to act as group leaders on the German Pupil Courses.

You will work alongside other teachers at a German school and will stay – where possible – with a German host family. Group leaders receive an honorarium, as well as a contingency fund for course-related expenses.

Take a look at last year's Group Leader blog, which all group leaders contribute to during the courses, and read about last year's thematic projects in Weimar and Ortenburg.

Here's some feedback from previous group leaders and former participants.

About the courses

There are usually three courses in three different locations in Germany (in July or August - dates to be confirmed) for a group of 12 pupils and one accompanying teacher each. Two courses are for Year 12 (and equivalent) pupils and one course for Year 10 (and equivalent) pupils.

The courses are designed for enthusiastic and motivated German learners, who would like to get first-hand experience of German life and culture, and improve their German language skills at the same time.

Please refer to the German Pupil Courses pupil information page for details about the courses and application procedure for pupils.

Further information

If you have any questions, or would like further information on the programme, please contact our pupil programmes manager.


"I am starting this new school year feeling inspired and refreshed, with a greater love for Germany and German culture than ever before and I am trying to persuade my headmaster to set up a sixth form exchange between my school and the German school, to offer my students the opportunity to experience so much history and culture first hand." Victoria (previous GPC Group Leader)