The British teachers will be taught how to integrate overseas themes - from poverty to wildlife conservation and Third World music and art - into the national curriculum, said Ms Short, speaking at the annual conference of the Secondary Heads Association in Brighton.
Her department is to give£1,000 grants to UK teachers to cover air fares as part of an£8m budget earmarked for development education. Research by the department has shown that 2,000 schools already want to form partnerships with the Third World.
The move follows a series of pilot projects run by the British Council which has helped schools set up exchanges, e-mail links and pen pal projects with pupils in the Third World. One school in Castle