The “Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH) initiative creates a global network of more than 2,000 PASCH schools with particular ties to Germany. The Goethe-Institut supports around 600 PASCH schools in the national education systems of over 100 countries.
The “Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH) initiative was launched in February 2008 by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office. PASCH is coordinated by the Federal Foreign Office and implemented in cooperation with the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), the Goethe-Institut, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Educational Exchange Service of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Guiding principles and goalsPASCH is organized according to four guiding principles:
- prospects through education,
- broadened horizons through multilingualism,
- access to language and education and
- joint tackling of future problems as an international community of learners
"Schools: Partners for the Future" initiative
The initiative is coordinated by the Federal Foreign Office and implemented in cooperation with the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), the Goethe-Institut, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Educational Exchange Service of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany.
The network of German schools abroad and schools offering the German Language Certificate is being strengthened. Furthermore, cooperation with schools is being stepped up with a view to anchoring German as a foreign language more firmly within national education systems. In addition, scholarships for pursuing a course of study in Germany and opportunities for school exchanges and twinning programmes are made available.
Goals of PASCH
The initiative is designed to arouse and sustain young people’s interest in and enthusiasm for modern-day Germany, German society and the German language. A global network of partner schools of the Federal Republic of Germany is being created; the schools become part of an international community of learners through shared activities and exchange.
PASCH offers attractive training courses that help give pupils and teachers qualifications that will serve them well in the longer term, thereby building upon the skills that the young people will need to study in Germany and in their later professional lives. It additionally aims to establish lively and long-lasting ties to Germany and to encourage schools, teachers and pupils to share their thoughts and ideas openly with one another and to work together. Furthermore, PASCH is linked to other foreign cultural relations and educational policy initiatives such as the “Kulturweit” voluntary service.
Role and activities of the Goethe-Institut
The Goethe-Institut helps the more than 600 schools it supports to include or expand German teaching on their curricula. It offers teachers further training in pedagogical methods and language courses, and equips schools with modern multimedia-friendly teaching, learning and cultural studies materials. Within the framework of the initiative, the Goethe-Institut has additionally sent teaching experts out to assist the partner schools around the world. Youth programmes are run in Germany for pupils from participating schools, allowing them to improve their language proficiency, develop their intercultural skills and experience Germany and its culture at first hand.
About PASCHThe website provides information about the participating institutions and their activities worldwide. An interactive world map provides an overview of the network of participating schools: each school can post a brief profile on the site. Some active participants present their projects and useful practical tips. PASCH-net also provides information about the international PASCH Youth Courses in Germany and about funding for school twinning.
Information about PASCH Initiative (in several languages)
Projects around the world
PASCH Youth Courses
Learning material and interactive featuresOn PASCH-net, teachers and learners alike will find videos, audios and texts (available to all users free of charge) about current topics as well as ideas for teaching German as a foreign language and downloadable worksheets. To search for material for young German learners, you can filter by topic, level of language proficiency, format and test preparation.
Interactive features like the “comments” function included in all learning materials invite users to participate. PASCH-net also announces worldwide German language contests with attractive prizes for PASCH pupils. Teachers and pupils can “take over” PASCH-net’s Instagram channel and share content themselves there.
PASCH-net on Instagram
PASCH-Global online newspaper by and for PASCH pupilsYoung people from all over the world blog to one another in German on PASCH-Global. Their texts, photos, videos and audios provide glimpses of their lives and their thoughts about Germany. See below for information on how you can contribute to the blog.
Information about PASCH-Global and how to contribute
PASCH Learning PlatformThe Moodle-based PASCH Learning Platform gives German teachers an opportunity to create virtual workspaces for teaching and/or taking part in online teacher training tutorials. Our online course “Moodle Tools for Teaching” explains how to use the PASCH Learning Platform for teaching or teacher training purposes.
Information about PASCH Learning Platform
Information about studying in Germany and for PASCH alumniPASCH school graduates receive general information about studying in Germany, e.g. about available scholarships and PASCH programmes, and useful links, e.g. to the PASCH Alumni Platform. PASCH school graduates currently studying in Germany share their experiences here.
Information about studying in Germany
PASCH Alumni Platform
Registration and logging into PASCH-netMost offers on our website are accessible to the general public. Only PASCH users who wish to post comments or take part in our contests or communities on PASCH-net or in our Learning Platform must sign up once and can subsequently log in with their e-mail address and password. Registered PASCH teachers can create registration codes needed for signing up for colleagues and pupils at their PASCH school.
FAQ about PASCH Initiative and registration
Newsletter and social mediaRegistered users can subscribe to our monthly PASCH Newsletter and/or Newsletter for Pupils after logging in under “My PASCH”. PASCH-net followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram also regularly receive information and updates about PASCH-net.
As a designated Language College, Tomlinscote School considers modern languages a basis for pupils’ carreer chances and aims to offer as wide a choice of languages as possible.
We were delighted to learn that German is offered as a first foreign language and that all students are expected to take at least one foreign language to GCSE examination.
The German Department at Tomlinscote School is currently working on increasing the take-up of German. To ensure that pupils receive an authentic impression of German-speaking countries, the school has joined various partnerships such as with the Robert Bosch Gymnasium in Wedlingen.
An intensive and constantly developing exchange programme benefits in particular pupils in Key Stages 3 and 5. Those in KS 5 are offered the option to do a one-week work experience in Germany.
Tomlinscote School already has some experience in Content and Language Integrated Learning Projects (CLIP). As a member of the “Schools, Partners for the Future” project the school hopes to play a part in further developing cross-curricular teaching in the UK.
The school had already been involved in a number of CLIL projects (Content Language Integrated Learning) and it has been able to intensify and extend these projects. Since the start of the partner school initiative a number of primary and secondary schools in the Crewe area have been motivated to choose German as their foreign language and these schools are also currently engaged in a number of CLIL projects.
Over the last years a great number of projects as well as educational and cultural events have made Bishopbriggs Academy a nationally acclaimed example of excellence (i.e.: Modern Languages Excellence Report 2011). This partnership project has had a significant impact with teaching colleagues, education authorities and elected political members at both a local and national level with responsibility for education. It has aided and positively influenced promoting the teaching and learning of German in Scottish education and increased the interest in German society.
The school takes an active part as a ‘Leading-Edge’ school in the development of innovations in the educational sector and trains new teachers as a ‘Teaching school’. Moreover, in co-operation with the Bergische Universität Wuppertal the school offers internships abroad for German teaching students.
The school has already been admitted into the digital network a while ago. It is also very active in the ‘Think German’ network of the University of East Anglia and offers free teacher trainings for local German teachers as part of the EEG (East England German network) since 2015. A local German teacher has received the ‘German Teacher Award’ in 2016, a local annual award, organised by the German Embassy in London. Farlingaye High School perfectly blends into the network of partner schools in the United Kindgom.
Farlingaye High School
It was founded in 1896 as a Catholic school for boys which was turned into a coeducational sixth form college in the 1970ies. At present, more than 1700 students are doing their A-level courses at St Brendan’s in Bristol in southwestern England.
As a Leading Edge School in the Bristol area for the German language, St Brendan’s Sixth Form College offers its students the opportunity of the Halsbury Work Experience, a work experience placement camp in Aachen, Dortmund, Köln, Münster or Koblenz, a town with which the college has had links for a long time.
St Brendan’s also enables its learners of German to collaborate with local primary and secondary schools in a mentoring program. Sixth formers from St Brendan’s College support pupils from these schools, thus profiting not only in terms of their German language skills but also on a personal level because of being able to pass on their love of the German language and culture.
What is more, the college guarantees an innovative teaching approach in the MFL department, making students use the virtual learning environment Moodle, with access to podcasts, videos, homework and class work.
Further, St Brendan’s is to become an examination centre for the German language and the Goethe Zertifikat for the Bristol area by 2020.
St Brendan's Sixth Form College
It was founded in 1894 as a girls-only school which was turned into a coeducational Church of England school in 1944. At present, more than 863 students are studying at St Hilda’s CE School in Liverpool in northwestern England.
It constitutes the only coeducational CE school in Liverpool , making it a unique type of school. It also offers a brand new school building that has been reopened in 2015 after a phase of refurbishment.
The school’s three German teachers, one of whom a native speaker of the language, teach all of the learners of German at St Hilda’s which constitute one third of the students of all of the respective years. For A-level students, German is offered even for very small groups of students, and St Hilda’s also has established contacts with the German department of the University of Liverpool, offers regular field trips to Germany and what is more, can rely on the profound support for the German language and its relevance of the school’s parents.
On top of that, both the teacher in charge of the participation of St Hilda’s in the PASCH network that has been awarded with the German Teacher Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 and the head teacher are very keen on establishing a closer connection between the subject of German and STEM subjects, which is promoted by the Goethe-Institut as one of its key goals.
St Hilda's CE High School
It has a historic origin, having been merged from three different schools, one of which being Richmond Grammar School, which dates back to the 14th/15th century. Today, Richmond School & Sixth Form College has about 1470 students, 800 of which are studying German.
Having been transformed from a comprehensive communal school into an academy just recently and also profiting from a new head teacher that teaches French and German, Richmond School & Sixth Form College is now able to focus on especially the teaching of German. With the PASCH network and the initiative concerning the STEM subjects offered by the Goethe-Institut, this will add to this renewed focal point.
Furthermore, Richmond School & Sixth Form College has had an exchange with a German school for years.
Richmond School & Sixth Form College
It was founded in 1955 as Ansdell County Secondary School and was awarded Technology College Status in 1999 before also receiving Performing Arts Status in 2007, which was why the school was renamed in LSA Technology and Performing Arts College. At present, more than 1400 students are studying at LSA Technology and Performing Arts College in Lytham St Annes, a town close to Preston and Blackpool in northwestern England, making it one of the biggest schools in Lancashire with 300 learners of German.
LSA Technology and Performing Arts College sports a strong international focus and has been re-credited the prestigious International School Award (ISA) which recognises curriculum-based international work.
Based on the European programme Erasmus+, LSA Technology and Performing Arts College has used the online platform eTwinning in numerous projects over the past few years which have been granted National and International Quality Labels by the British Council and the European Commission.
The college has been awarded an Erasmus+ project to last until 2017 and is linking up with schools Germany and other European countries, in part of an EU scheme to create partnerships across Europe and improve education standards. It continues to host Work Experience students from its Erasmus Partner school in Germany. They visit Lytham St Annes and take on placements in various locations while spending a few days shadowing students in lessons.
LSA Technology and Performing Arts College also offers its students a German exchange that has been running for several years already. Furthermore, there is an international club for students which takes place at lunch.
LSA Technology and Performing Arts College, Lytham St Annes
It was founded in 1994 one the day of the first IRA ceasefire by parents of both confessions in Northern Ireland and is situated in Newcastle in south-east Northern Ireland, close to the border of the Rebuplic of Ireland.
Shimna Integrated College was put on the shortlist of the Nobel Price for Peace in 2019 along with all the other integrated schools in Northern Ireland, and at the moment, 600 students of both the Catholic and the Protestant faiths are studying there together.
The school’s two German teachers are supported by a German assistant in teaching German at Shimna Integrated College for all of the 124 learners of German at the school. For A-level students, German is offered even for very small groups of students, and Shimna Integrated College offers the Sixth Form students the possibility to do a work experience in companies in Germany.
On top of that the school in general has a very strong focus on modern foreign languages which also shows in its various awards Shimna Integrated College has received in the past, like the one for a Specialist School in Languages and the International Dimension.
Shimna Integrated College
It was founded in 1978 for the children of the scientists working at the Joint European Torus (JET) that were working near Culham.
In Primary, half the week is taught through English and half taught through French, German or Spanish and the school uses the primary curriculum for German as a foreign language that has officially been accredited by the European Union and the European Council. In primary years 3-5, the subject ‘European Hours’ is taught to mixed language groups, generally in the pupil's second language or in the language of the host country.
In Secondary, History and Geography are studied in a second language, ensuring a deep academic and empathetic engagement with Europa School UK’s multicultural approach, with the second language (German or French) being studied to attain near native level (at least C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
Thus, Europa UK offers an unparalleled education where students are taught bilingually throughout their entire school career as from the age of four, students are taught English along with German, French and Spanish until they graduate at 18, equipped with a highly acclaimed Baccalaureate in at least two languages.
Europa School UK
During the Second World War, it served as a training basis for the Royal Navy and was part of HMS St George, before being turned into a a coeducational secondary school. At present, more than 1700 students are studying at Ballakermeen High School.
Because of their large number of students, Ballakermeen High School has strong ties with 15 primary schools which feed into their school.
The school’s three German teachers teach all of the learners of German at Ballakermeen High Schoo, and also for A-level students, German is offered even for very small groups of students.
With Ballakermeen High School having close ties with three other secondary schools on the Isle of Man in which German is taught and with an exchange running with a secondary school in Bayreuth for several years already, it also has established contacts with the the local university in Bayreuth as well as companies there with regards to STEM subjects.
This is why Ballakermeen High School ideally combines STEM with vocational education and German as a foreign language, areas which are vital for the PASCH initiative in the UK.
The school also has a CLIL profile and strongly supports the teaching of STEM subjects as a whole, with both also being focal areas of the Department of Education of the Isle of Man, on top of a great enthusiasm for physical education, as well as the arts, making Ballakermeen High School an ideal addition to the PASCH network in the UK.
Ballakermeen High School
German is also a popular subject for the school’s GCSE exams, and Windsor High School & Sixth Form is proud to offer German up to A-level as the only school in the local area.
Within the school’s large MFL department consisting of 9 teachers in total of whom 4 are teaching German through all year groups, starting from year 7 up year 13.
Windsor High School & Sixth Form is also already profiting from experience in the teaching of STEM and CLIL and in teaching in a digital format with Google Classrooms, being a Google School as well which is reflected in the aims of the PASCH initiative too, making Windsor High School & Sixth Form an ideal addition to its network in the UK and beyond.
It has organized various thematic field trips to German-speaking countries over the past years, such as visits to German Christmas markets, ski trips to Austria, an a-level excursion to Berlin and a visit to the concentration camps in Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz (Poland).
The school has also been participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme over the past years.
On top of their curricular activities, Windsor High School has a remarkable range of more than 100 extracurricular activities on offer for their students which are integrated into different time slots during the school day, as well as numerous drama productions and a Student Senate, which forms part of the Student Leadership Programme.
It thus provides an ideal combination of already existing programmes for their students that liaise well with all the activities the PASCH initiative has to offer.
Windsor High School & Sixth Form
Co-ordinator in Northwestern Europe for Schools: Partners for the Future
Tel. +44 20 75964013