Share A Pencil Day

Since 2017 we have been raising awareness of global education issues through our annual Share a Pencil Day.

Share A Pencil Day is a fun and interactive way for schools, teachers and pupils to explore some of the reasons why millions of children globally are still missing out on the education they deserve, and why that matters.
Since it’s launch more than 200,000 children from more than 600 schools signed up to take part in the day.

Completely free to participate, Share a Pencil Day introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action. Share a Pencil Day highlights Goal #4: Ensuring inclusive & equitable quality education & promote lifelong learning opportunities for ALL. 

IMPORTANT: Share a Pencil Day is not a fund raiser, it’s about participation. Using the free resources and materials we provide pupils are taught the key reasons children are missing out on their education worldwide and why that’s important. It’s about raising awareness.

Share a Pencil Day takes place in May each year, during the week after the Yr6 SATs exams. The next Share a Pencil Day will take place on Wednesday 18th May 2022. Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements and how to sign up. Thank you for your support.

“It was wonderful to see the children’s reaction to the difficulties other children in the world have accessing education.”

Wendy Scherer, Hutton CE Primary School

The focus this year – Children on the move.

Given the terrible events occurring in Ukraine and the shocking impact on children when they are forced to flee their homes we are focusing the KS2 lesson plan on Children on the Move. Sadly we find ourselves covering this topic again as we touched on it during the pandemic with some students covering this from home while isolating. However we feel it’s something that needs to be highlighted again and the relevance cannot be lost on any of us.

What is Share a Pencil Day

The event is aimed at primary and secondary schools across the UK and is a lovely addition to the standard curriculum. Taking place in May, the week after Year 6 SATs exams, and completely free to take part, participating schools have access to lesson plans, short films and plenty more. Everything a school needs to run the day.

Why Share a Pencil?

Millions of children all over the world who do not have access to education or lack the basic tools they need for learning. Sometimes large groups of children have to share exercise books, paper and even pencils and pens.

Share a Pencil Day is about learning, it’s about engaging children and teachers in the UK to help everyone understand a little more about the difficulties faced elsewhere.

During one lesson on the day children are asked to share one pencil between two to better understand what school is like when you lack the resources we take for granted.

Teacher Tool Kit

Once you have signed up your class or school we will email you a link to a full teacher resource pack including videos, poster templates, assembly presentations, class notes and much more.

Sign up to Share A Pencil Day – Wednesday 18th May 2022