Commonwealth Education Trust/Commonwealth Institute

The Commonwealth Education Trust is the successor trust to the Commonwealth Institute. Its purpose is to advance education in the Commonwealth.

Contact details 1

6th Floor, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE, UK

Tel: +44 20 7024 9822 | Fax: +44 20 7024 9833 | Email: |

Contact details 2

Centre for Commonwealth Education, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PQ, UK

Tel: +44 1223 507133/4 | Email: | 

Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK):


Chair: Judith Hanratty CVO OBE; Vice Chair: The Lord Fellowes GCB GCVO QSO; Finance Director and Secretary: Judy Curry


The Trust invests in primary and secondary education and initial and continuing teacher education across the Commonwealth.

Initiatives it has invested in include the following.

  • The Centre for Commonwealth Education, a collaboration between the Faculty of Education within the University of Cambridge and the Commonwealth Education Trust. Projects are designed to build sustainable capacity and improve the quality of schooling in Commonwealth countries in the areas of school leadership, pedagogical expertise, and initial and continuing teacher education; and encompass ongoing initiatives in leadership, health education, information and communication technologies, gender equity and literacy.
  • The LOOK Study, being undertaken by a Commonwealth Education Trust subsidiary company in Australia. This is a five-year longitudinal study of 850 children in Canberra, with half receiving special physical education instruction from specialists coming into the school each week and half continuing with the normal practice of receiving physical education instruction from their classroom teachers. The study is designed to investigate the impact of primary school physical education and physical activity on the health and academic attainment of the children.