Maintenance

Different types of link have different characteristics – and both have their advantages and disadvantages. Whatever type you choose, try to put measures in place to ensure continuity and effectiveness. Don’t forget that it is possible to have links between individual pupils to supplement group-based links.

Links Structured Around Group Work

  • Can be whole school, class or club based.
  • Are easy to monitor and sustain.
  • Require more planned school time.
  • May result in higher postal costs (though this is less an issue with email etc).
  • Are ideally suited to joint projects.
  • Can help to avoid disruption caused when partner students change year group or leave the school.

Example programme for a year’s exchange working as a group.

Individual Pupil – Pupil Links

  • Are cheaper and less time-consuming to organise.
  • Are more difficult to evaluate and have a mixed success rate.
  • Enable pupils to work at their own pace and explore topics of particular interest.
  • May soon expose language limitations.

Example programme for individual exchange.

What Method Should You Use For Your Exchange?

Most schools use a combination of methods to share a wide-range of resource materials. Click on the links to the left to find out more.

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