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Partnerships in Learning

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The funding programme Partnerships in Learning aims to support UK-German school partnerships undertaking a variety of educational activities in both countries, including peer learning, with a flexible thematic and cross-year approach.

Applications are currently closed and our grant offer is under review.
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If you have a project coming up soon, which you request funding for, please get in touch. We will look at applications outside of the usual deadline, while we review our grant offer.

For general reference, a summary of our main criteria and procedures is listed below. Please call us if you have any questions or would like to discuss your ideas.

What criteria does your project have to meet?

  • The project activities take place within the context of a UK-German school partnership where at least ten pupils from both schools are participating in trips to the other country involving a range of interesting activities relevant to the curriculum.
  • The activities have one thematic focus or incorporate several thematic aspects - different year groups can have different themes or focus on different aspects of a theme.
  • The bilateral activities include a strong element of involvement of pupils in the conception, implementation and dissemination of the activities with the travelling pupils taking on an active role as ambassadors and representatives of a wider group of young people.
  • The project involves a broad range of young people across year and subject groups, with a focus on the active participation of younger year groups, e.g, lower secondary pupils. Where possible, structured peer-learning activities should be incorporated.
  • All activities involve real collaboration and joint working between the UK and German pupils before, during and after the visits.
  • Activities foster joint intercultural learning and offer a real opportunity for pupils to develop their skills and enhance their curriculum-relevant knowledge.
  • Both sides undertake trips to the partner school. Each visit must include at least three full days of joint thematic activities. The two visits must be clearly related and the period of time between the visits must be no longer than 10 months. Visits should ideally take place within the same school year.
  • The activities must have curricular relevance and be embedded in a relevant theme or themes.

A full list of criteria will be available in the guidelines when applications open again.

How much funding can you get and what can it be used for?

  • The maximum grant available is £5,000 and is to be shared between the participating schools.
  • Grants provided through the Partnerships in Learning grant can support costs such as travel and accommodation for reciprocal partner visits, project resources and joint activities and will be a contribution to the overall costs.
  • Applicants must contribute at least 25% of the overall eligible activity costs through participants’ contributions and other sources of funding.

When should you apply for the grant?

  • There are three deadlines each year: 31 January, 31 May, and 31 October. See the box at the top of this page for the next deadline.
  • Proposed project activities cannot start until at least six weeks after the funding deadline to allow the required administrative and processing time. For example, an application for a project starting in February would need to be submitted for the previous October deadline.

How can you apply for the grant?

Guidelines and application forms will be available on this web page when applications open again. Please ensure that you submit your application using the latest forms.

Please note that Partnerships in Learning Fund applications can only be submitted by one participating institution on behalf of the whole project. This can be either the German or British institution. The corresponding information for your German partners is available under Partnerships in Learning on the German section of our website.

If you have any questions about the programme or would like to discuss your plans, please contact us at funding@ukgermanconnection.org.


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