Virtual Schoolbag (VSB)

28 Jan 2019
Business managers, bursars and secretaries, governors, headteachers, sencos, teachers and teaching assistants of all primary, secondary, special schools
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2019/035
£2.5m funding for International School Exchanges registration open

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced this new fund, delivered in partnership with the British Council. It opens for applications later this year. Schools can register their interest on the British Council website.  

  • Schools will be able to apply for grants to take pupils aged 11 and above to visit partner schools around the world, giving them the chance to experience different cultures, improve language skills and build independence, character and resilience
  • Funding will be targeted at schools with above-average numbers of pupil-premium students
  • The programme will be made easy for schools to take part in, with a simple application process, grants to cover the administrative cost of organising trips, and seminars to help schools without much experience of international visits find partner institutions abroad - in Europe or further afield.   Over the course of the programme, it is estimated that trips could be funded for 2,900 pupils.
Emma Dean
British Council Schools Online


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