English Connects - UK online ELT awards (request for proposal)
12 October 2020

English Connects: UK online ELT awards

Request for proposal (RFP) from the British Council


Jointly funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the British Council and managed by the British Council, English Connects is a programme to connect African youth and the future generation of leaders with the UK through English. It aims to improve the quality of English language teaching and learning, particularly in French and Portuguese speaking countries in Sub-Saharan Africa where the British Council is unrepresented, thus creating opportunities to enable young people to increase their potential to study and improve their employability and networks.

The programme connects UK ELT providers, institutions, media and educational technology agencies with targeted countries, showcasing UK expertise, creativity and innovation in education, aiming to build trust and new partnerships.


To provide a recognised online UK ELT training course - one for teacher educators and one for secondary level teachers of English - which English Connects can award as 'scholarships' to 24 high performing teacher educators and 24 English language teachers participating in the English Connects programme.

Option 1: A fully online course with moderation leading to some form of award/ certification from a UK institution for successful completion of the course.

Option 2: A blended course option with virtual support and possibly a face-to-face training element should travel restrictions be lifted (face-to-face training may be delivered in the UK if visas can be obtained or within Sub-Saharan Africa should visas be problematic).


  • Deadline for clarification questions (clarification deadline): 14 October 2020
  • Deadline for submission of proposals by potential suppliers (response deadline): 1 November 2020
  • Contract concluded with winning supplier: 9 November 2020
  • Contract start date: 16 November 2020

Clarification requests should be submitted to the British Council's e-tendering portal by the clarification deadline.

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