"The benefit of our school's participation in this project has provided a unique opportunity for our students to get first-hand experience of German life and culture, and improving their German language skills at the same time." (UK co-ordinating teacher, 2013)


This video was created by teacher Gillian MacLennan and her pupils at Cauldeen Primary School to welcome their German guest and show her pupils in Germany a British primary school!

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How the programme works

We are now accepting offers from UK schools to host teachers from Germany in 2014-15.

Would you like to have authentic German cultural input in your school? Through the Host a Teacher from Germany programme, your school can host a German teacher for two or three weeks, at no cost. The teachers are fully-qualified and vetted in Germany, and want to increase their knowledge of UK education and culture and improve their English. Teachers are keen to contribute to the host school community, having a positive impact in numerous ways during their visit. These benefits include:

  • Enthusing pupils: meeting a native speaker and learning about a different country, culture and school system from a 'real German' brings German lessons to life for pupils

  • Joint thematic learning: both sides are able to benefit from discussing educational and curricular themes together and gain a new perspective

  • Linguistic teaching support: pupils (and teachers) are able to practice their German speaking and gain confidence in conversing in the language

  • Discussion and reflection: teachers gain new insight into the German education system, discuss educational issues and are able to see their own system reflected back through the comments and impressions of their visitor

  • The visit helps to broaden horizons, break down any exisiting prejudices, and increase pupils' intercultural awareness and understanding

  • The visit can help raise the profile of MFL in the school

  • A new link can be set up with potential for future school partnership activities


All teachers are vetted under the German system and more information will be provided to all participating schools. We'll also provide you with practical tips and support about how to get the most out of the visit for both sides. Visiting teachers either stay in host families, if your school is in a in position to offer this, or in a local hotel. There are no costs for UK schools to take part in this programme. For more information on this programme, please download the information sheet here: Information sheet

Taking part

If you are interested in taking part, please fill in the short hosting form, and we will match you with a teacher from Germany, taking into account your school's context and profile as far as possible. The hosting school does not need to teach German and the co-ordinating teacher does not need to speak it, as all visiting teachers have a good knowledge of English. Visits will take place for either two or three weeks between September and July, and the exact times should be agreed by both the German visitor and the UK host school. Primary, secondary and special schools and FE Colleges in the UK can take part in this programme.

Click here to download the hosting form.

The next application deadline is 19 September 2014, although hosting forms can be sent in at any time before then. For offers received before mid-July, we will confirm your participation in this programme by the end of July, with full details of the visiting teacher to follow as soon as possible after this.

This programme is run in co-operation with our German partners, the Pädagosicher Austauschdienst (PAD):

If you would like any more information about this programme, please email us on or call 020 7824 1570.

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