Schools in England can apply for grants to take pupils aged 11 and above overseas. The funding which is being made available through the British Council’s International Exchanges Programme is aimed at schools with a high proportion of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and with above-average numbers of pupil premium students. Young people are encouraged to stay with host families where possible, giving them the best opportunity to practise their language skills and be fully immersed in another culture.
Funding is available for three different elements:
- A short teacher pre-visit (to conduct risk assessment and plan the school exchange)
Up to 100% of the total cost. Max grant: £500 (EU and wider Europe); £1000 (Rest of the world)
- School exchange
Up to 100% of the total cost (families of pupil premium children should not be asked to contribute)
On the basis of 20 pupils and 2 to 3 teachers, minimum 4 nights away.
Max grant: £10,000 (EU and wider Europe); £15,000 (Rest of the world)
Applications may be considered for higher numbers than this depending on particular circumstances (for example if a higher staffing to pupil ratio is required due to the needs of the pupils). Please provide details in your application.
- Administration and management
Up to 100% of the total cost. Max grant: £500
Overall maximum grant available per school:
For visits to EU and wider Europe: £11,000
For visits in the Rest of the world: £16,500
The grant can be used to cover the following costs:
- travel for pupils and accompanying teachers (*)
- accommodation and subsistence for pupils and accompanying teachers (*)
- local transport
- administration costs
Exchanges programme and visit can take place any time up until 19th April 2020.