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The Bilingual Education Programme: the story so far!

2021 marks the 25 anniversary of the British Council and the Ministry of Education's Bilingual Education Programme.    

To help celebrate this very special anniversary we need your help!  We want to publish a special electronic and paper edition of our iconic “Hand in Hand” magazine to tell the stories that really matter: your stories. We will publish and share as many stories as we can through our digital platforms during our anniversary year and our favourite 25 will feature in the magazine.

So, we would love to hear from schools, classes, pupils, former pupils, teachers, families and parent associations. Your stories can be group / collective stories or individual and personal testimonies.  

Please note that all participating schools must also send a signed authorisation form with their material for Hand in Hand 25 Years.  This is available for download below. 

What to send?

A short narrative (individual, group, class, institution) relating your favourite experience in the bilingual project. There are some ideas to think about in the "Prompts" document you can download at the bottom of the page. Tip: remember to tell your own story in your own words and pictures!  You can send us your story in English or Spanish or both!

You can submit your story in the following formats:

  1. Document: 1 A4 page (250 – 500 words approx), remember to include photos , word, pdf, .odt., rtf)  
  2. Presentation: 5 slide ppt (include photos). Presentation can include animation.
  3. Video: AVI, MP4 o MPEG. ( 90 – 180 seconds approx) 
  4. Infographic: format TIFF, GIF, JPG, PNG, PDF

Alumni - do you want to share your stories?

We are interested in hearing and sharing your story if you are an ex-pupil of the Bilingual Education Programme.  Please get in touch if you would be willing to talk to us about how your bilingual education: 

  • has influenced your choice of study or work
  • shaped your journey through life
  • created opportunities for you
  • inspired you to live, work or study abroad

Also, what words of encouragement and advice would you give to students in the bilingual education programme today?    You can contact us here

Essential information.

Essential information

  • Submissions may have to be slightly edited in accordance with final publication requirements.
  • Remember to include your name, and contact details (mail / mobile)  when you send your story / your school's story together with the School Authorisation Form (available below for download)
  • Stories should be sent to maureen.mcalinden@britishcouncil.es
  • To be eligible for the special 25 anniversary publication stories should be submitted by 23.04.2021.  Stories received beyond this date may still be collated and shared via British Council digital channels.

Intellectual Property Information

Every participant grants the British Council an exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free licence to use, modify, reproduce, distribute and publicly communicate, in any media and format, the texts and material submitted, in compliance with the Ley de Propiedad Intelectual 1/1996, de 12 de Abril. 

Participants fully agree to ensure and guarantee that the materials developed and delivered to the British Council are his / her own and original work and free of any third party rights.

The participant will be solely responsible or liable for any copyright or intellectual property infringements, losses or damages which may be claimed against the British Council due to the violation of any intellectual property rights of third parties. 

Data Protection

The British Council will use your Information to select stories for our Hand in Hand special edition publication and to use on British Council online channels and to use in the proposed paper edition (including your name and surname when publishing the stories), based on your specific consent by submitting your proposal.  You can exercise your rights by writing to us at DPOSpain@britishcouncil.es. For more information, please refer to the privacy section on our website.