Finding a partner school
Searching for a partner
The British Council Schools Online website* is a free service, which allows you to create your own profile page to tell teachers in Germany about your school and partnership objectives. You can also browse the web community and contact teachers to ask questions or share ideas.
*Please note that the Schools Online partner-finding portal will be temporarily offline between March and Summer 2019 due to redevelopment of the website.
Sign up to the European Union's free online community, browse schools and collaborate on projects in your own secure online space. The site offers project best practice examples and kits to help you get started.
Partnerschulnetz (School Partner Exchange Network)
Website of the German Federal Foreign Office, where you can register as a member and browse over 2,000 schools through a search function.
Other ways of finding a partner school
Host a Teacher
Establish a new link with a German partner school by hosting a teacher from Germany for two to three weeks. This is a great manageable, short-term activity, which gives you the opportunity to discuss possible partnership plans during the visit.
UK-German Bears project
For primary schools looking to establish a new link with a German partner school, the UK-German Bears project is a great short-term activity where pupils host teddy bears from the other country and learn about each other’s culture and language.
You may also wish to consider:
- researching town-twinning links (your local authority may be able to help)
- using personal contacts (ask parents, governors, other teachers or your foreign language assistant)
- contacting local companies that may have links with German schools through trade relations.
"The UK-German partnership has been the most life-changing for our students amongst the extensive offer of international visits we provide." (Mounts Bay School)