Girl sitting and looking at her laptop with hashtag stay at home.

#StayHome with the British Council

Our online resources will help you to make the most of your time indoors.

Staying at home is a new reality for many of us and we’ve all got to make the best out of the current situation. We’re in this together, all looking at ways we can keep ourselves and our children occupied and entertained.

But look no further, we can help you. We’ve pulled together the best of our online resources and platforms so that you can make the most of your time indoors.

We have a great mix of content – from helping your kids to learn English through fun songs and games, to enabling you to explore our art collection without leaving home. If you’re planning on taking the IELTS test or a Cambridge English exam in the future, we have some excellent materials to help you prepare. And finally, we haven’t forgotten the teachers out there – we have a wide range of professional development opportunities and online resources to help you become a more effective teacher of English.

We have something for everyone! There’s no better time to learn new skills than right now.

Pick and choose the sections that interest you the most and start exploring.

Pre-school and primary students


Our website with practical articles, tips and advice on how to help your child to learn English

Our website with free resources for pre-school and primary students

A variety of fun videos for children, including songs, stories and much more

Our fun series of more than 100 videos for pre-school children

Secondary students and teenagers


Our website with free language practice activities for teenagers

Free online learning resources for learners of English aged 13 to 17



Our website with audio, text and video content, as well as interactive practice activities for adults

Grammar, study tips and much more

Have fun improving your English grammar and vocabulary with our short videos

Exam Preparation: IELTS


Experience the computer-delivered IELTS test system before you sit the real test and know what to expect on the test day.

For two months we are running free IELTS preparation webinars hosted by IELTS experts to help you better prepare for the test.

Make the most of our free practice tests to develop your test technique and build your confidence for test day.

Our free IELTS apps allow you to learn English flexibly – wherever you are and whenever you want to prepare.

Our video tips and advice will help improve your performance in all aspects of the test.

Teachers of English


Our website with high-quality teaching and learning resources

Teaching tips, presentations, interviews and much more!

Arts and Culture

At a time when theatres across the globe are closed to the public, National Theatre at Home brings world-class theatre to you in the comfort and safety of your home. Join us every Thursday at 21.00 for some of the best British theatre, free to stream for a week on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel.

Broadcasting the best UK music to over 30 countries worldwide, Selector Radio connects a global audience with the best emerging talent. Tune in online to hear – not just the best new music from the UK – but curated sounds from across the globe.

Since 1938 the British Council has been collecting works of art, craft and design to showcase the achievements of the best British artists, craft practitioners and designers.

FameLab is an international competition to find the world’s most talented science communicators. Participants have just three minutes to impress the judges and audience with a scientific talk. Watch our ‘FameLabbers’ in action on the FameLab YouTube channel!

Europe Beyond Access is an ambitious project to support world-class disabled performing artists break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre and dance sectors.