Terms of Reference (ToR)

For: School Ambassadors for facilitating training and monitoring International Schools Award (ISA) activities for Connecting Classrooms programme.


Connecting Classrooms

Connecting Classrooms is the British Council’s global education programme for schools, co-funded by the British Council and the UK’s Department for International Development. In Bangladesh Connecting Classrooms has been running since 2009, focusing on building global awareness and cross-cultural learning in young people through bringing an international dimension to learning. This programme is designed to help youngsters develop the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a global economy and contribute responsibly to society both locally and globally. For this, young people need to have deep learning skills, also known as 21st-century skills. We equip teachers with the right tools to enable this to happen. We offer face to face training on six skills, tailored specifically for teachers and head teachers in Bangladesh. The six skills are:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Digital literacy
  • Citizenship
  • Student leadership
  • Collaboration and communication.

The programme aims:

  • Professional Development for teachers and head teachers
  • Sustainable school partnerships between schools overseas and Bangladesh to foster peer learning
  • Professional dialogue opportunities for policy makers that will support national and regional level debate, reflection, knowledge sharing
  • Awards to schools who are successful in equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to live and work in a globalised economy
  • Online access to high quality resources to support teachers in delivering improved learning outcomes.

International School Award

The British Council International School Award is an accreditation scheme that supports and recognises schools that add an International Dimension to Education. It is available to all government and non-government schools in Bangladesh, including madrasahs, recognising different levels of achievement in international work. To gain the Award, schools submit evidence of engagement with international project activities. Thus, the journey of achieving

ISA assists schools to embed internationalization in a step-by-step process. It is a flexible framework that supports schools through a process of creating an action plan, delivery lesson activities and compiling a dossier of evidence. It is intensive process and schools frequently require the support from peers alongside the supported offered through workshops and resources provided by the British Council.

School Ambassadors for Connecting Classrooms programme

The British Council is seeking to recruit a pool of School Ambassadors from all over the country to facilitate ISA training and to mentor/monitor schools with ISA activities.

The appointed School Ambassadors will

  • Plan and deliver International School Award (ISA) workshops in any districts of Bangladesh, where the Connecting Classrooms Programme will be implemented. The training dates will be agreed in advance with the Project Managers of British Council. Ensure that all workshops for teachers are delivered with high-quality input.
  • Arrange local workshops to support schools for ISA, Schools Partnership, digital resources, national/international partnership projects, etc.
  • Support, monitor and mentor schools to implement their projects, provide advice and to encourage collaboration in project activities.
  • If required, communicate to local Govt officials as advised by the Project Managers of British Council.
  • Promote and encourage schools to register and make appropriate use of resources on the British Council’s Digital Platform.
  • Support the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) process of the Connecting Classrooms programme through Data collection, Data input, school visit, delivery of M&E training etc as advised by the Project Managers of British Council.
  • Provide support and mentoring to other Ambassadors with development needs in the country. This might include telephone and email support or co-delivering workshops to help model best practice and share knowledge and experience.
  • As required by the British Council, take part in additional face-to-face/online quality assurance and professional development workshops. The dates and venues of these workshops will be decided by the British Council.
  • Participate in feedback/review sessions following observation of sessions delivered and act on feedback as required.
  • Maintain clear and transparent records of all activities completed and to report to the British Council within one week of activity completion or as agreed in advance with the Project Managers of British Council.
  • Each School Ambassador activity will be monitored by the British Council through their report, feedback from the teachers/students, school visit, Phone/email communication with schools etc.

Other than these, British Council can offer the School Ambassadors some occasional works. For instance, support in organisation of an event, representation at an exhibition and/or seminar/conference, Development of a product/material, taking part in research work, Assessment and Evaluation of British Council projects/products or other activity of an equivalent level as agreed in advance with the British Council.

Terms of agreement

The Ambassadors will be required to confirm that S/he is legally entitled to deliver the services required as part of the agreement and that they will accept all liabilities outlined in the consultancy agreement with the British Council. A sample consultancy agreement is available on request. The British Council requires approved consultants/suppliers to submit proof of their financial performance and two references when providing services for the first time.

The British Council will have final editorial control and copyright over all resources and publications written in the course of the agreement. The consultant’s role and contributions will be acknowledged appropriately by the British Council. The British Council also requires the consultant to request for prior permission to re-producing or use any materials produced in the course of this agreement and to acknowledge the British Council’s copyright. This is described in further detail in the consultancy agreement.

Assessment criteria

The British Council is making a considerable investment in order to carry out this assessment. The applicants need to fulfil the below criteria

  • Educational Qualification: minimum graduate in any discipline
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in Education sector of Bangladesh as a professional
  • Experience of delivering professional training
  • Knowledge on Bangladesh NCTB curriculum
  • Experience of working with ISA, Connecting Classrooms programme
  • IT skill
  • English skill


Interested candidates are requested to apply by 05.00 pm on 20 July 2019 by sending filled in application (please see ANNEX 1) to Schools.Trainerapplication@britishcouncil.org