Connecting Classrooms

The Nerve Centre and the British Council have developed a partnership to bring the Connecting Classrooms programme to Northern Ireland as a free teacher CPD programme that will equip teachers to transform their classrooms and teaching practice into 21st Century learning environments.

A three-session course run over 10 weeks, Connecting Classrooms gives teachers the skills and knowledge to introduce the latest pedagogical techniques to their classroom practice, focusing on core skills for the modern curriculum in Digital Literacy for the World Around Us; Developing the Creative Classroom; Communication in the Digital Age & Citizenship in a Shared World. 

How much does the training cost?

Training is provided free of charge over three flexible workshops and follow-up classroom activities. 

In addition, completion of the programme allows participants to progress to the British Council’s popular partnership exchange programme with schools in 30 countries across the world.

Who can attend?

Nerve Centre’s Connecting Classroom courses are available to teachers working full-time in schools and colleges that cater for pupils aged between four and nineteen.

Any of the courses can be delivered on-request for in-school training, school clusters or area learning partnerships (must be at least 10 participants).  


  • Qualify for a Connecting Classrooms International Professional Partnership with an overseas school, with access to a grant of up to £3000 to send a teacher and school leader to visit your partner school
  • Network with like-minded teachers from other schools
  • Gain access to new resources
  • Build knowledge and confidence
  • Explore new methods of improving your classroom practice
  • Develop techniques and ideas to teach the core skills young people need in the 21st century

For further information on each course, look at the graphics below. To register your interest in one of our Core Skills training packages, or to request one in your area, or to find out more, contact

Terms and Conditions 

Only teachers who are in full-time employment for at least one school term are eligible for participation. By taking part in the Connecting Classrooms programme, teachers must agree to attend all three training sessions and complete an in-school activity between sessions two and three. Access to British Council’s Professional Partnerships is gained through an application process after course completion and is at the discretion of the British Council. 

Take your learning further through a Professional Partnership

Upon completion of the training, you will be eligible to develop an international professional partnership with an overseas school. The partnership will allow you to:

  • Connect, share experience and compare work with a partner school from Africa, Asia or the Middle East
  •  Add an international element to your CV and teach credentials
  •  Broaden the schools’ and pupils’ horizons by sharing experience with a school from a different culture
  • Learn more about education in a different context in order to reapply this at your own school
  • Have the opportunity to become a member of an international networks of learners
  • Take advantage of materials developed by educational experts to help you collaborate with your professional partner.

To facilitate face-to-face collaboration with your overseas partner school, teachers in the UK can apply for a £3000 grant to send a teacher and school leader to visit the partner school. Find out more about the Professional Partnerships programme.


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