British Council campaigns to revive overseas exchanges

A campaign has been launched to bring back overseas school exchange programmes in UK schools.

The British Council wants schools to send their students on exchanges to encourage more of them to study languages and gain international experience.

Overseas exchanges used to be a common practice for many schools, but now only 39 per cent of British secondary schools run traditional exchange trips involving a stay with a host family, according to research by YouGov. 

Safety concerns and issues with taking students out of school during term-time were among the reasons quoted by schools for no longer offering the trips.

As part of its campaign, the British Council has produced a set of free resources for schools to help them organise exchange trips and deal with issues including child protection and risk-assessments.

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