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Funding is available through the Central Bureau for UK teachers and heads from schools, special schools and further education colleges to undertake short visits to a partner school in any country to set up a curriculum-based partnership or develop an existing link. Applications should be in by six weeks before the proposed visit. Contact World Links at the CB on 020 7389 4419; e-mail:

Also available are opportunities under the European Union's Socrates programme for schools and colleges to undertake joint, curriculum-based projects with European institutions. Comeniu Language Projects, for example, involve students aged 14 to 25 in projects lasting up to one year, which include a reciprocal two-week exchange to develop their language skills and carry out work with their partners. Central Bureau, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN. Tel: 020 7389 4419. Web: www.britishcouncil.orgcbietcbeschl.htm

Schools interested in employing a foreign language assistant should contact the relevant Central Bureau office: England and Wales, tel: 020 7389 4596.E-mail: assistants@britishcouncil.orgScotland, tel: 0131 447 8024 Northern Ireland, tel: 029 2039 7346.

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