Commonwealth Class

The BBC, the British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat have joined forces to bring you Commonwealth Class, an exciting new initiative for schools. 

Commonwealth Class is a special initiative that provides teaching resources, online debates and interactive activities for schools to mark the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It celebrates the values of the Commonwealth and connects its schools and young people to learn together about how to be active, responsible global citizens as part of the Commonwealth family.

How to get involved

You can get set for the 2014 Commonwealth Games today by visiting the British Council - Schools Online to access resources that support lesson planning and you can also visit the Commonwealth Class website to participate in monthly online debates hosted by the BBC.

Watch the following report from BBC Scotland to see pupils from Bonnybridge Primary School in Falkirk participating in a Commonwealth Class debate.

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Commonwealth Class education pack 

Produced by the British Council, the education pack contains cross-curricular activities, short films and discussion guides with learning outcomes that link to key skills, curriculum subjects and Commonwealth values. The flexible and wide ranging materials are mainly targeted at 7-14 year olds.

Visit the British Council - Schools Online website to download your pack and sign up to Commonwealth Class for more resources and interactive activities that support teaching across the curriculum.

BBC online debates 

Commonwealth Class partner, the BBC, will be hosting a series of monthly online debates from summer 2013 and any school in the Commonwealth – or elsewhere – can take part. 

The debates create a platform for schools in the UK and Commonwealth countries to teach and learn together. They allow children and young people to increase their understanding of issues affecting us all and help them develop into successful and responsible global citizens for the future.

Forthcoming debates

  • 27 February - A debate that features pupil councils in two very different schools and looks at the changes such councils can make.
  • 6 March - To mark International School Meals Day, a discussion based on the theme of food stories. Share traditional food stories with other schools around the world.
  • 13 March - A debate for Commonwealth Week, in association with Authors Live, featuring authors and illustrators Debi Gliori, Chris Riddell and Piet Grobler.

Visit the BBC’s Commonwealth Class website to find out how you can take part.