UK-China Sister School Partnerships

The Global School Alliance has been actively supporting and strengthening links between the UK and China through the Sister School Partnerships programme since 2011. Over the years we have worked closely with local councils and the Education Bureau, offering support and guidance to help schools initiate, develop and maintain successful school partnerships.

That’s why we’re proud to be supporting 20 schools in regions across the UK and are investing over £100,000 to provide life-changing opportunities for students and educators that will foster cultural awareness, global competence and interpersonal skills.

What is the Sister School Partnerships programme?

The Sister School Partnerships programme is a long-term relationship between two partner schools, consisting of immersive bilateral student exchanges, leadership delegations and teacher training trips, meaningful joint projects, online collaborations and curriculum enrichment.

As part of the programme, school leaders will join a delegation to visit the partner school and meet the leadership team, sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and conduct a pre-trip check for future student visits. Delegates will attend an education forum to learn about the local culture and education system by meeting with education officials and other school leaders.

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The visit to China to see our sister school is a fantastic opportunity for our students to meet young people their own age from different cultures. They have talked non-stop about the trip since they have returned and it is wonderful to hear all their stories. I hope the memories of this incredible experience stays with them for many years to come.

Darren GidmanHeadteacher at St John Bosco Arts College

It’s amazing how it enriches experiences of the learning journey that your students go on. It’s much more than academic, it changes their mindset and outlook on life It opens up future career paths for them. I would say offer it to as many students as you can because it’s brilliant.

Julie SutcliffeNational Lead Practitioner for MFL at Ormiston Academies Trust

This experience of going to see how education is delivered in China has been phenomenal. The friendship that we will look to develop between the two schools will open up so many doors for staff and students. It really is a fantastic opportunity.

Mrs DonnellyTeacher at Ellesmere Port C of E College

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Deadline to apply for funding is 6 December 2023