Travel grants are now available to enable groups of secondary school pupils to visit a partner school in any country (Europe, or wider World) for a minimum of four nights. Visits can be used to enhance curriculum teaching, improve language learning or help build soft skills. Priority is given to applications that feature young people from disadvantaged backgrounds as visitors or hosts. Offered through a new £2.5 million Department for Education programme in partnership with the British Council, it is anticipated that the visits will offer up to 20 students at a time per school a truly intercultural experience. Visits must be started by 31st May 2020; the last date for applications is 14th February 2020.
Priority will be given to applications that show the school, or the group of students being visited, have significant levels of disadvantage (e.g., Pupil Premium, Opportunity Area, Index of Multiple Deprivation, Additional Needs etc) and those who will gain the most from this experience.
The trip must be centred around a visit to a partner school with the two peer groups of young people engaging on a theme and learning together. Young people are encouraged to stay with host families where possible.
Grants of up to £11,000 for the EU and wider Europe and up to £16,500 for the rest of the world can cover international travel for pupils and accompanying teachers, accommodation and subsistence, local transport and administration costs of up to £500. Grants can cover up to 100% of the total costs of the visit and it is anticipated that the average visit will comprise up to 20 pupils and 2 to 3 teachers.
Apply at any time before the 14th February 2020.