Commonwealth Class

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There is a lot to learn about the Commonwealth, from its work promoting human rights and youth empowerment to it's work in development and values.

Commonwealth Class is a dynamic and exciting programme of activities, learning resources, and events for schools.


It has been brought together by the British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat to celebrate the values of the Commonwealth, and connect schools and young people across the globe on joint learning programmes.


The aim of Commonwealth Class is to encourage students to collaborate and learn together, and consider how they can be more active and responsible global citizens as part of the Commonwealth family. Teaching and learning together between schools in the UK and the Commonwealth has proven positive educational benefits for young people.

Get involved

Access a range of Commonwealth classroom resources, lesson plans and newspapers, join one of our global debates, find out about our story writing competition or watch a film on inspiring young people from around the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth values

Read about the Commonwealth values including gender equality, sustainable development and human rights. Find out how you can explore some of the issues and challenges associated to the values with your class.

Stay up to date

Sign up to the Schools Online newsletter to find out the latest news about Commonwealth Class.

Story writing competition

Thousands of students and teachers from around the world put their creative talents on display in this year's story writing competition.

Creativity on display: the Commonwealth Class story writing competition

Read the beautifully crafted winning entries written by students and teachers for this year's competition, on the theme of 'belonging'.