eTwinning UK ‘climate change challenge’

Sign up to attend free climate change CPD and take the challenge before 22 November to claim your classroom eco pack!

Teachers: Free climate change workshops throughout November
Who: The 2020 British Council eTwinning National Conference is open this year for all UK based educators (including UK overseas school). During International Education Week, events are open to teachers from across the world.
What: We have a packed agenda with lots of free online CPD opportunities supporting climate change actions within schools. Workshops focus on helping teachers to find ideal partners and the free tools to use to develop bi and multi-lateral projects online. Experience teachers will demonstrate the pedagogical benefits of international collaborative project based learning online.
When: Throughout November on Tuesdays and Thursdays 17:30- 18:30 (GMT)  
Where: Microsoft teams (link will be sent on the day of the session)
How: Download the confererence programme and register. 

Teachers and pupils: Free climate change challenge poster and classroom resources
The eTwinning climate challenge encourages pupils to build on their climate change learning by taking positive action through the completion of up to 20 challenges, which increase in difficulty as pupils progress.

  • eTwinning UK climate change challenge (Adobe PDF 5MB)
  • eTwinning climate change challenge poster [A3 print version]. (Adobe PDF 5MB)

    The eTwinning climate challenge has been developed in consultation with British Council schools’ ambassadors and is designed for teachers of / and pupils aged between 3 to 19 (campaign offer open to UK schools only)  

    One of the many pedagogical strengths of taking part in eTwinning projects is increased student motivation through shared and collaborative project based learning with an international audience. It is highly recommended that both teachers and pupils work with their international partner schools to help instigate and empower pupils to tackle climate change together.

    Challenges increase in difficulty as pupils progress from red (least challenging) to blue (most challenging) as per the thermometer colour code.It is up to teachers and preferably their eTwinning partners and/or pupils to decide whether to undertake all challenges and to progress in a linear or non-linear mode. The challenges have also been designed for homeschooling.

    Each challenge links to supporting materials including eTwinning, British Council, United Nations and BBC pre-prepared content - designed to give pupils explorative learning opportunities. 


    Primary: Science, Geography, English, Computing and Art.  
    Secondary: Geography, Art, English and Citizenship.   

    Primary: Sciences (planet Earth); Social Sciences (people, place and environment); Literacy and English (listening and talking, writing), Technology; Expressive Arts  
    Secondary: Social Sciences (people, place and environment, people in society, economy and business); Literacy and English (listening and talking, writing); Art.   

    Primary: Science, Geography, English, ICT and Art.  
    Secondary: Geography, Art, English, Personal and Social Education.   

    Northern Ireland:  
    Primary: The World Around Us, Language and Literacy, the Arts.  
    Secondary: English with Media Education, Environment and Society, the Arts, Personal Development and Mutual Understanding.  


    Challenge 5:   

    Challenge 20: 

    • To receive a classroom resource pack via post Submit your eTwinning project name.
    • The final challenge number 20, can also be your first challenge. 
    • The pack contains*: eTwinning fruit of the loom t-shirts (which can be used for upcycling or for pupils), a wireless charger, a portable powerbank, recycled newspaper pencils, colouring pencils, a pencil case set, A5 padfolio, drawstring pouches, reusable sports bottle, highlighter pen, 6" ruler, British Council eTwinning flag, eco digital ballpen, eco-friendly plasticine.

    *Whilst stocks last British Council eTwinning will invest in the offset of carbon emissions relating to the distribution and delivery of mailings to school across the UK.

    Teachers can also share their pupils climate change actions on Twitter via #eTw4Climate 


    To start your eTwinning journey all you need to do is: 

    1. Sign up to eTwinning for free now. 
    2. Use our quick start guide to help find a partner school.
    3. Register an eTwinning climate change project and  claim your free support materials via post  

    For further support, check out our live webinar support events.


    International activity, particularly involving young people, can provide interesting stories for the media, and eTwinning offers lots of opportunities for this. Whether you’re involved in a European partnership, or a recipient of a prestigious eTwinning Quality Label, showcase your great work to your community. There is good scope for you to secure coverage in local and regional media for your activity.

    Download these documents to help you do just that:

    ·          eTwinning Media Toolkit

    ·         eTwinning School Label press release template

    ·         eTwinning partnership press release template

    ·         eTwinning Quality Label press release template

    ·         eTwinning UK Logos

    Check out other ready made step-by-step guides below to help you start an international project. 

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