What is Connect and how does it support schools?

Teacher and Kids
CONNECT (formerly NLSIN) provides on-going specialist support for schools in accessing and gaining maximum benefit from international funding, training and curriculum development opportunities.
CONNECT works very closely with the British Council and the manager is a British Council School’s Ambassador. There is evidence, through Ofsted reports, that global learning work in Connect schools has helped them to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ judgement.

Connect schools are involved in a range of programmes and activities (both funded and otherwise) such as Erasmus+, Turing, Connecting Classrooms Through Global Learning, Global Scholars and are taking part in collaborative curriculum based projects with partners all over the world.
Benefits of CONNECT membership:
  • Access free funding for your staff and pupils to visit Europe and beyond (bids last year resulted in funding or packages of £56,000 and more for some schools)

  • Engage your staff with quality CPD and International Staff Development Opportunities

  • Partnership building opportunities locally, nationally and globally

  • Develop global learning approaches that can engage pupils and impact on standards / school improvement

  • Motivate pupils and engage your whole school by linking with others from across the world

  • Achieve OfSTED targets in SMSC / British Values and the requirement to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum: 

'It is the school’s involvement in the local community and its international links that enhance SMSC understanding’ Ofsted, Connect ‘Outstanding ‘school

Would you like to?
  • Receive help with funding applications / access bespoke in-school training

  • Find ways to support recruitment, retention and the personal and professional development of your staff

  • Actively prepare your pupils for their role as global citizens / part of a global workforce

  • Develop teaching and learning strategies that address and respond to the diverse needs of your school community

  • Develop ‘real world’ teaching and learning approaches that can engage pupils and impact on standards / school improvement

  • Increase the motivation to learn Modern Foreign Languages


The service is a valuable tool in developing a global approach in

our school’
This service has been invaluable for us over the years. The team have been incredibly supportive and understand our needs’
CONNECT Member’s Survey 2018