Guidelines

The benefits of a UK-Japan school link, as of any other international link, may appear obvious. On one level, a link will introduce students to a different culture and encourage understanding and appreciation of the way of life of young people from a different background. It can also foster awareness of assumptions based on students’ own value systems, thus placing international, social, political and economic issues in perspective.

Closer to home, and school, a link can provide a useful context for work across the curriculum in areas such as geography, modern foreign languages, art, music, ICT, food technology and sport, as well of course, as citizenship and PSHE.

However, a link involves a large investment – most importantly of your time, but also, depending on the type of exchange being planned, of money. There are also obstacles to overcome such as language issues, differences in the Japanese and British education system and school calendars.

Despite this, it is possible for schools in the UK and Japan to develop effective and long-lasting partnerships. We hope that these guidelines, drawing on the experiences of many schools over many years, will help you in your link. Please choose an option from the menu for more information. You can also download the guidelines ~ coming soon!

If you have questions about setting up a school link, please contact Kelly Spargo. We also welcome your comments or suggestions concerning these guidelines, so please email us with them.

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