A Colourful and Diverse Range

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We've conveniently categorised our teachers resource centre into curriculum subject and key stage sections, making it easier for you to chose your resources and borrow for your school.

Resources can be borrowed for up to half a term by any teacher in a member school.

Resources available cover issues such as: conflict resolution; environment; diversity; equalities; human rights; and peace.

  • We have teaching packs, activities and children's books
  • We offer some books in dual languages e.g. English and Urdu and big Books are also available to borrow.

We have a number of resource collection boxes and packs which bring together artefacts, children's books and teaching packs around specific themes.

Book ahead! Make sure you book ahead as these collections are popular and get booked up quickly.

Become a member and start making use of these great resources – just £50 per year, per school.




A consortium of arts and environment organisations, including FotoDocument, BPEC, Bioregional and Photoworks have teamed up to produce a unique photo-based educational resource to help schools around the country benefit from lessons learned during one city’s journey towards sustainability.

"One Planet City: what makes a brilliant city?" is a photopack which brings to life the concept of 'people living happy, healthy lives within the natural limits of the planet' through a series of fun and engaging activities which celebrate One Planet Living in the city of Brighton & Hove.

Humans consume natural resources and generate waste and pollution at too high a rate for the planet to cope with. If the world population lived like the average European there would need to be three planets to support us; if we all lived like the average North American there would need to be five! Yet, worldwide, more than a billion people get far less than a fair share of the planet’s resources and their basic needs are not met.

The One Planet Living sustainability framework, created by Bioregional, is underpinned by ten principles covering areas such as health and happiness, carbon and transport and local and sustainable food. In 2013, Brighton & Hove was accredited as the world’s first One Planet City, developing a Sustainability Action Plan with targets to enable residents to live well within a fairer share of the earth’s resources.

Professional photographers were commissioned by FotoDocument to produce photo essays about the work going on in the city. The photopack centres on the photography commissions and contains activities designed to help Key Stage 2 & 3 pupils around the country to learn about ‘One Planet Living’. Many of these activities can also be used with older age groups and non-school communities.

The activities are common to Development Education pedagogies and are designed to develop visual literacy skills through exploring sustainability, the challenges of creating sustainable cities and the concept of ‘city’. The pack comes with a teaching guide, four sets of laminated photographs and a CD containing templates, instruction sheets, further photographs and captions.

Feedback from teachers: “Great discussion points, develops skills in questioning, cultural identity and evaluation” “Very visual, lots of activities and very relevant” “Loved the idea of linking the themes of One Planet Living to ideas in school”

Packs can be ordered by completing the One Planet City resource pack order form in word and sending it via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Once we have received the form we will send you an invoice.

Packs retail at £29.95.


Resource collections


Adinkra printing: cross curricular collection using a textile tradition from Ghana to explore children's values and identity.

schoolsresourcesmaskMexican Day of the Dead: A collection exploring this ancient festival with opportunities forteaching basic spanish.


Rwandan baskets: Focusing on baskets made by a women's cooperative in Rwanda. Discuss cooperative working whilst finding out the meaning of the baskets designs.

(With thanks to RYICO http://www.ryico.org/)


Chicken surprise: What was the result of a plastic bag ban in Cape Town, South Africa? Make your own chickens from old plastic bags and find out about Jamela's own chicken.

schoolsresourcesbooks2Black History: A wealth of resources for all key stages exploring Black History and celebrating diverse Britain. Children's books explore scientists, writers and inventors, as well as stories of migration, and biographies of those who challenged the trans-atlantic slave trade.


Sadako and the Peace Cranes: The history of Hiroshima, told through the experience of Sadako and her commitment to making 1000 paper peace cranes, making her wish for peace.


Warli Indian Arts: Explore the art originating from two areas of rural India. See how it can be translated to a city environment in London. Enjoy the beautiful, simple yet dynamic images of Warli art from Maharashtra in Western India.


Toys and Children's Rights: A wide range of activities to learn about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child through global games and toys, picture books and design and technology tasks.


Morocco and French: Put together with Primary Languages Coordinators in Brighton, this collection brings together story books exploring Islam in a cultural context, photos and artefacts from Morocco and an in depth teachers guide for teaching French in primary schools.


Kente cloth: Touch this beautiful, hand made cloth and learn how Kofi finds out to weave in Bonwire, Ghana. The magical 'Spider Weaver' tells the legend of the cloth andideas given for classroom weaving activities.

India resourceIndia and Sustainability: A wide range of resources looking at communities coming together to tackle environmental issues in their village. The Papier-mâché Sanchar puppets, tell the tale of 'the people who hugged the trees' , and the very well resourced Thengapalli locality study helps children to reflect on their own communities and environment, using story, drama, music and dance.

woven livesWoven lives: Guatemalan: Weaving tales of life in Guatemala, the collection of resources engages pupils in issues of citizenship and sustainable development. They explore how and why places change, and how decisions affect the quality of people's lives. Key themes are protest, democracy and dictatorship, rights and responsibilities, identity and belonging, and participation.

 Comments from Brighton teachers

“I think the box was useful as otherwise my only resources would of been the Internet. I think it benefited the children's learning because I felt well informed about what I was planning and teaching, so the quality of their learning experience was better. Having the example pieces of material and tools made Adinkra textiles more real and not just an abstract experience.”

“The beauty of it has been that the resources have been straightforward and easy to use - just open the box and there is your lesson, or series of lessons; this is because of the value of the materials educationally - they have been well selected by people who know what messages we need help to put across.”

“BPEC provide a vital service as they keep up to date with current issues and themes. They have the time to research new resources and putting them together in a themed box makes it really easy for teachers to use a much wider range of resources than a school or teacher could collect on their own.”

Resources websites:

Other useful websites for a range of global resources. If you see something you are interested in, get in touch to see if we have it available.

Global Dimension
Letter Box Library

Opening times

The office is normally open to the public at the following times:

Tues 12:30 - 3:30

Wed 12:30 - 5:30

Outside of these hours please leave a message on 01273-766610 or email info@bpec.org and we will contact you as soon as possible. 

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