Global learning resources

Our flagship global learning resources have been developed or co-developed within British Council programmes, working with schools and teachers who exemplify best practice. There is also a selection of effective global learning resources from other organisations.

Plan your global learning resources for the year with the help of Think Global's 2013-14 Global Wall Planner.  (3MB)


Commonwealth Class

Commonwealth Class 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.


Rivers of the World

Rivers of the WorldRivers of the World provides high quality, river themed cross-curricular lesson ideas, aimed at upper primary and lower secondary pupils. It explores several great international rivers and uses them as inspiration for engaging lesson activities and assemblies.


Snakes and Dragons Education Pack

The Chinese Spring Festival and Chinese New Year begin on 10 February when we will enter the Year of the Snake. As we prepare for this, the British Council and HSBC have created a ‘Snakes and Dragons’ education pack for primary schools


China Mid-Autumn festival

The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is the second most important festival in the Chinese lunar calendar after Chinese New Year. This year the festival will fall on 19 September.


World Voice

The World Voice programme aims to ensure that, through training, collaboration and resources, young people have the opportunity to use singing to develop their musicality and support wider learning. 


 The Schools World Service

The Schools World Service (SWS)  publishes video footage each month that’s designed to engage your students in international news and boost their understanding of the wider world.


Skype in the classroom

Connect with classrooms around the world in real-time with our exclusive Skype lesson ideas for registered users. We have teamed up with Skype in the classroom to provide a special collection of Skype lesson ideas to help you collaborate with schools in the UK and around the world. 


Dickens 2012

The Dickens 2012 project, launched to coincide with Dickens 2012the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth, aims to use his writing not simply to get a picture of life as it was in his day, but also to understand how we might more vividly describe our own lives and surroundings, and then to share these descriptions with others from different backgrounds around the world.


British Science Association

The British Council and the British Science Association are working in partnership to enrich science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities in the classroom in the UK and abroad through CREST Awards and Connecting Classrooms.



Chatterbooks is a joint initiative between the British Chatterbooks Council and The Reading Agency. It expands the UK Chatterbooks programme internationally and enables Connecting Classrooms school partnerships to build knowledge and understanding of each other’s societies through shared reading experiences. The focus is on reading for pleasure to enable the intercultural exchange of ideas.


100 Words
The aim is to capture the essence of another country's100 words culture in 100 words of their language, as a play, film or poem. This project toolkit was developed following a pilot project involving young people from partner schools in Algeria, Bangladesh and the UK participating in British Council Connecting Classrooms programme. (All ages)


Global-eyes is an innovative resource that introducesGlobal Eyes (British Council) the topic of Globalisation. It demonstrates how this phenomenon is changing our world and highlights the exciting implications it has for your students. The British Council worked with the Department for Education to showcase emerging world economies Brazil, India and China to school leavers in England and created this resource with some of these young people. (11-16)


Climate 4 Classrooms 
British Council launched the first global, multilingual Climate 4 Classrooms (British Council)website supporting the teaching and learning of climate change (currently being used in UK, Mexico, Bangladesh and China), working with the Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Geographical Society. (11-18) 


British Council Film Archive Resources

During the 1940s, the British Council commissioned over 120 short documentary films to show the world how Britain lived, worked and played. See the footage and use  the resources so that together children can have a greater understanding of life in the past and present.


One Voice for All
One Voice for All is a set of teaching resources Click here to go to One Voice for All resourcesdesigned to help teachers discuss and explore issues around human rights - particularly the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - in their classrooms.


The English Effect

Discover what the English language means to individuals across the globe, how the words we use today have been shaped by other cultures and languages, and how using and playing with language can be fun!