Three students in playground at British Council in Madrid

Our work in bilingual education

We have been working since 1996 with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training to support the implementation, development and evaluation of bilingual and bicultural education throughout Spain.  This "Bilingual Project" has been pioneering for both Spain and Europe, and has inspired other governments and education authorities to develop multilingual education and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)  projects in their schools.

The British Council is proud of our legacy in Spain promoting, developing and supporting bilingual education.  Our priorities are to work with National and Regional Authorities in Spain to establish best practice in teaching and learning in bilingual schools.  Our areas of work are:

Curriculum development

The British Council advises the Ministry on development of the integrated curriculum for all 89 Primary and 56 Secondary schools within the Minsitry's "Bilingual Project".  We will celebrate 25 years of the project in 2020!


Educational research helps ensure quality in education, enables education authorities to benchmark and measure effectiveness of educational policy and allows us to engage in informed debate about bilingual education.  Our research and other publications are available below:  

  • Influence of whole school policy on bilingual education in schools 2018 (download).
  • English Impact 2017 (download).
  • Evaluation Report. Bilingual Education Project Spain (2010) (download).

Capacity building

We support training initiatives in collaboration with Education authorities and share our expertise at conferences nationally and internationally.  Our British Council teacher training programmes in CLIL and Inclusive Practices involved over 500 teachers in 2017 and another 800 attended our annual British Council conferences.

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