School Partnership Awards 2019

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Your chance to celebrate school links between Scotland and Malawi

The SMP is very pleased to announce the launch of our first ever School Partnership Awards!

The School Partnership Awards, kindly supported by the Year of Young People National Lottery fund, Orbis Expeditions and the David Livingstone Birthplace Project, aim to celebrate the variety of school partnerships with Malawi across Scotland.

The Awards Ceremony will take place on the 5th December, 1pm-3pm at the City Chambers, Edinburgh. Click here to book your school's place! 

The 5th December is International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development and we'll have a VERY special guest with us to present the awards!

Focusing on the theme of sustainability, our Youth Committee judges are looking for schools to tell us the story of their partnership – where it has come from and where it is going.

And you can be as creative as you like!

It could be a storybook, a picture board, or even a video. It’s up to you as long as it’s based around the theme of sustainability and we’d encourage you to think about using the Partnership Principles as a way of reflecting on your partnership as well.

We’d encourage you to enter as a partnership, working with your partner school(s) in Malawi on your entry so that it truly reflects your story of working together. Any school setting can enter, and we’d really encourage you to get as creative as possible!

The deadline for entries is 9am on Monday 25th November.

More details to come very soon! So keep the date in your diary so you can come along and celebrate this special day with us.

Award winners will receive certificates that will be shared with their partner schools in Malawi thanks to our colleagues at MaSP, as well as professional photos from the day to display in school.

Here's a video from the Dunblane-Likhubula partnership that was entered into our Member Awards in 2018 to give you a taste of what you could include in your entry!

Special Awards

If you’re a school without a partnership but you’re still interested in entering, send us your plan of what you’d like a partnership to look like if you did have one. What would your goals be? How would you work with a school in Malawi?

We’ll also have a special award for the best school profile on our website so don’t forget to keep it updated! You can use our guide here to help with that or get in touch with Gemma if you’d like any support in how to use the website.

How to Enter

Fill in the form below with your details and you can either attach photos of your entry, send a link to a video or Padlet or even send us something physical in the post (just let us know before you post anything so we can look out for it)!

Remember, your entry should:
  • Tell us the story of your partnership – work with your partner(s) to reflect on where your partnership has been and where it’s going in the future.
  • Use the Partnership Principles to help with this reflection.
  • Particularly focus on the Principle of Sustainability and how that fits with your partnership.

The Awards aren’t about competition between schools and telling you what school partnerships should look like, it’s all about CELEBRATING the stories of these partnerships and the variety of school links between Scotland and Malawi!

Remember to get your entries in by 9am on the 25th November!

Entry Form

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Any photos/videos submitted will likely be used in future promotions by the SMP so please make sure that all those featured in them have given their informed consent to this. If you'd like guidance or have any questions about our Privacy Policy, please get in touch with Gemma.

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Looking for support for your partnership?


Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning is an exciting new programme that supports schools across the globe to collaborate on and learn about these big issues.

It supports teachers and students to enhance and develop the confidence, skills, knowledge, values and attitudes they need to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world – and create positive change as part of a whole-setting approach to Learning for Sustainability.

There are a host of learning opportunities and support on offer through the Connecting Classrooms programme. Whether you are looking for personal development opportunities, or want to collaborate with other schools, you can tailor your journey to suit your needs and priorities; thanks to the programme’s flexible range of elements. It’s completely adaptable to your needs no matter what your role, the subjects you teach, or your whole-school priorities.

Get in touch with us at connectingclassrooms(at) to begin your journey!

Co-funded by the British Council and the Department for International Development (DfID), the programme offers:

  • Fully-funded professional learning: delivered in a way that suits you and your setting
  • Free support from local experts across Scotland
  • Free classroom resources to support pupil projects themed around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Generous funding to facilitate international visits by staff to their partner schools in other countries, events and training: – up to £3,000 for ‘one-to-one’ partnerships and £35,000 for ‘cluster’ partnerships.
  • Automatic recognition leading to accreditation through the British Council International School Award.

Head to the Connecting Classrooms website to find out more!