Ashes Schools Challenge

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ECB have launched the 2015 Ashes Schools Challenge – this free interactive resource is designed to support teachers delivering lessons in Key Stage 2 & 3 through the inspiring summer of cricket with England playing Australia in the 2015 Investec Ashes Series.

Building on the success of the 2013 Ashes School Challenge and 2014 India & Sri Lanka Schools Challenge, which engaged with more than 2,500 primary schools, the new Ashes Schools Challenge is fully integrated with the UK National Curriculum for Key Stages 2 and 3.

As part of the free interactive programme, teachers will be able to access 15 bespoke lesson plans and activities which will use the rich cricketing history of both countries to help develop literacy skills, numeracy skills and a wider understanding of historic rivalry between England and Australia.

Former England captain and ECB’s Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships, Mike Gatting, said: “The inaugural Ashes Schools Challenge in 2013 resulted in a superb response from thousands of schools across the country, and the launch of the new online Schools Challenge today provides another exciting opportunity for even more schools to get involved with this innovative classroom initiative.

“Both England and Australia are nations with rich cricketing traditions. Learning how the Ashes are interwoven with the history and culture of both countries will be fascinating for pupils and is a great way for them to develop literacy and numeracy skills – and we trust – a passion for cricket itself.”

Working in partnership with Chance to Shine and MCC, in addition to being available online for anyone to access, the Ashes Schools Challenge will be adopted as part of the Chance to Shine educational programme in thousands of state schools across the country this summer.

To find out more about the programme and to access the online resources, please visit