Commonwealth Education Trust (CET)

Address: 11/12 Tokenhouse Yard, London EC2R 7AS UK

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7487 8341



Year established: 2007 (trust fund 1886)

Number of staff: 39

Annual expenditure: £2.349 million in 2014

Officers (2018):

Acting Chair: Jeff Twentyman

Head of Learning & Educational Development: Kat Thorne

Charity Secretary: Gillian Young

Aims and objectives:

The CET is an independent charity. It invests in primary and secondary education, and professional development training for teachers, thereby enhancing the opportunities for children in the Commonwealth to develop the skills necessary to contribute to the economic and social development of their communities.

Main activities:

The CET works with accredited educationalists and educational centres of excellence to use its financial and business knowledge to structure sustainable, scalable and transferable projects based on applied research, using the power of technology to share experience and best practice across the Commonwealth. Examples of CET’s sustainable initiatives are:

• The Caribbean Poetry Project, a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the University of the West Indies to encourage engagement with Caribbean poetry

• The Foundations of Teaching for Learning programme, which has thus far provided free teacher professional development to more than 50,000 students from across the world

• Edubag®, an innovative and cost-effective cloud- based integrated management information system and learning platform

• Summit House, a new school group established in Cape Town to deliver high-quality, affordable secondary education

Recent publications:

A River of Stories, an illustrated collection of stories and poems from across the Commonwealth; and a new anthology of Caribbean poetry, Give the Ball to the Poet.