Scholars into Schools


Working with Durham University, the council’s international relations service arranges a volunteering programme for international students to spend time in local schools.

Examples of possible teaching materials are shown below:

ISV activity handbook

The induction presentation for students is also found below

Scholars into Schools presentation 2016

For further information about the scheme, contact


Guidance on school exchange visits

France 1

Etienne and Clémence, France


Schools have asked for the most up to date guidance when organising school visits to partner schools in other countries. The most recent from the Department for Education states that :

There is no legal obligation for host families to provide an equivalent of DBS checks in Germany or France.  Therefore, before the exchange takes place, it is important for UK schools to work closely with host schools abroad to ensure that the suitability of the families to host has been considered, risk assessments have been carried out and that the hosts are known to the host school.

A review will take place during this school year but in advance of this, schools are encouraged to follow the guidance below which has been produced with ASCL and the British Council