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Partner Organization: U.S. - U.K. Fulbright Commission

Language Requirement: No requirement

Eligible Program Dates: September through December or January through July

Host University: Applicants who plan to choose the UK as their first choice country should visit the Additional Information section of the U.S.-UK Fulbright Commission website to see the list of universities in the UK that participate in the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program. Applicants are encouraged to state a preference in the Inquiry Project Proposal section of their application for one of these universities listed on the site.

Educational System Overview

Education in the United Kingdom is  centralised with each of the countries of the United Kingdom having separate systems under separate governments. The UK Government is responsible for England, and the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive are responsible for Scotland,  Wales  and Northern Ireland, respectively.

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Suggested DA Program Project Topics for the U.K.

Projects are tenable in any of the four countries of the UK: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Below is a list of possible research topics, though applicants shouldn’t feel limited to these areas of inquiry.

Hot topics in the UK that U.S. teachers could potentially contribute to include:

  • Inclusive education and provision for students with diverse learning needs.
  • Parent/family and community involvement in schools.
  • Dealing with diversity, race, multiculturalism and immigration.
  • Social mobility and raising students’ aspirations.
  • Progressing to university vs. vocational education.
  • Character Education: activities that help young people develop positive personal virtues so that they become more autonomous and reflective, and develop good sense and practical wisdom.
  • Narrowing the attainment gap between pupils from lower income families and those from more affluent families.
  • The debate between differing models of education, such as the traditional academic curriculum and curriculum geared towards creativity and practical/vocational subjects.
  • Creating safe and secure environments to prevent young people from being drawn into terrorism and other destructive activities. Supporting students who have been exploited.

Areas where the UK excels, providing an opportunity for U.S. teachers to learn ‘best practices’ include:

  • Cooperation and collaboration between schools, including local and national networks of schools.
  • The role of schools (and networks of schools) in teacher education e.g. 'Teaching Schools' and 'School Direct'.
  • School leadership, and development of system leaders e.g. through Local and National Leaders of Education.
  • Behaviour management.
  • Special educational needs / disability / “youth at risk" development, in particular leadership of subject knowledge, teaching and learning in the core English Baccalaureate subjects (maths, English, science, geography and history).