British Council 

What are International Professional Learning Communities? 

International Professional Learning Communities (IPLC) are funded by the Welsh Government and delivered by the British Council in Wales. They align with Welsh Government education priorities, and offer teaching professionals from schools and colleges in Wales the chance to collaborate with schools, organisations and networks in other countries. 

Through International Professional Learning Communities, teachers from Wales have the opportunity to visit a country overseas to learn from international colleagues by observing lesson delivery, teaching methodologies and content approach and standards in pupil learning.

Learning exchanges in the past include digital competence in Hong Kong, school leadership in Malaysia, numeracy in India, literacy in Canada, arts in special educational needs in Los Angeles and reducing the impact of poverty on attainment in New York.

Northern Ireland 2018 - applications now open!

This visit, targeted towards schools who'd like additional support to implement the Digital Competence Framework, will allow Welsh practitioners to observe best practice in use of digital technology for cross-curricular learning.

We are working with the Department of Education Northern Ireland and the AmmA Centre; a multimedia creative learning centre which enhances and enriches pupils’ skills and creativity through new pathways such as:

  • Digital video editing and camera techniques
  • Multi-media design
  • Digital story telling

During the visit to Northern Ireland, the delegation will observe a range of digital competence practice through AmmA, the Education Authority C2k project and schools that implement a high standard of digital competence, giving practitioners the unique opportunity observe best practice to inspire their own strategic vision on how to translate the Digital Competence Framework into practice in their own classrooms.

When: 15 - 19 January 2018

For: Primary school practitioners

How many: Up to 6 delegates

Application deadline: 1 December 2017 

Due to the availability of schools and organisations in Northern Ireland, the visit is being planned around the dates shown above, therefore you must be able to travel on these dates.

To request an application form and/or if you have any queries please email us or call us 02920 924360

Canada, February 2018 - (applications closed)  

‘Languages, Literacy and Communication’ is the largest of six areas of Learning and Experience (AoLE) within the development of the new curriculum in Wales.

The 2018 IPLC visit to Canada, in conjunction with British Council Canada, aims to explore innovations in languages, literacy and communication (LLC) teaching and strategies for developing:

  • Speaking 
  • Listening
  • Reading 
  • Writing
  • Communicating

During the visit, the delegation will observe a range of languages, literacy and communication practice through leading organisations and schools that implement high standards of teaching. This should inspire new approaches to improving practice that will transform into Welsh school practice and lead to the development of new strategies to develop students’ 21st century skills.

The visit programme will chiefly aim to:

  • Develop effective methods to prepare the teaching workforce to meet the challenge;
  • Analyse the impact of whole-school strategies on pupils’literacy;
  • Develop more effective pedagogies across all languages offered in the curriculum;
  • Gain support in developing creative teaching materials and build sustainable partnerships for innovating and sharing ideas for effective teaching practice.

When: 17 – 24 February 2018 (subject to change)

For: languages, literacy and communication Practitioners/ school leaders

How many: up to 6 delegates

Application deadline: Friday 6 October 2017

All participants will be expected to attend a pre-departure briefing and provide up-to-date biographies for Canadian institutions in advance.

Learn about our past trips 

Group of people holding Welsh flags in school classroom
Pupils and teachers at Central Senior School, Canada  ©

Anna Vivian Jones

Ontario, Canada. February 2017

Visit to Canada to observe a range of modern foreign language practice

Teachers from schools in west Wales visited Ontario to see the province’s innovative approaches to modern foreign language learning.

The Welsh Government’s Global Futures Plan, launched in June 2015, aims to tackle the decline in the number of pupils in Wales studying Modern Foreign Languages at GCSE level. The visit, arranged with the Ontario Ministry of Education and the British Council Canada, helped the teachers develop new approaches to teaching languages back in Wales. 

They visited leading organisations and schools that demonstrate high standards of language teaching. They also observed a range of innovations in modern foreign language teaching and strategies for engaging pupils in modern foreign language learning. It is hoped that this will help to develop new approaches to improve modern foreign language practice in Welsh schools, and to create new strategies to develop students’ skills.

The programme covered the following themes, which have been identified as key areas for development in Wales:

  • Insight into effective cross-curricular language teaching
  • Expand on the range of strategies for intercultural understanding and language learning provided by the Welsh Government modern foreign language curriculum guide
  • Engage pupils and parents in modern foreign language learning - male pupils and disadvantaged areas
  • Gain support in developing creative teaching materials and build sustainable partnerships for innovating and sharing ideas for effective teaching practice 

Find out more about what our language experts from Wales learnt while in Ontario 

Seattle, USA. February / March 2017

Visit to Seattle to explore approaches to workforce skills development

We are pleased to have worked with Colleges Wales to co-ordinate the programme for senior leaders from further education colleges in Wales to visit Seattle.

During the visit to Seattle, the delegation of senior college leaders from across Wales observed best practice in workforce skills development and explored the integrated network of partners that collaborate to ensure that education and training prepare the population for the world of work.  The visit wil help to inform policy and help shape the further education sector in Wales.

Find out more about what the group learnt while in Seattle 

Hong Kong. March 2017

Visit to Hong Kong to explore approaches to digital competence

The Digital Competence Framework is the first element of the new school curriculum for Wales to be made available. With this in mind, the overall purpose of the 2017 International Professional Learning Communities visit to Hong Kong was to inspire new approaches to improving digital competence across school curriculum areas. 

Teachers from primary schools in North and South Wales observed a range of digital practice in organisations and schools in Hong Kong that implement a high standard of digital competence. The programme covered the four strands of the new Digital Competence Framework. This gave teachers the unique opportunity to observe international best practice that will lead to the translation of the Digital Competence Framework into practice in their own classrooms. 

If you have any queries please email us or call us 02920 924360