County Durham apprentices visit Germany

As part of the ERASMUS+ programme, five County Council apprentices were able to travel to the county’s partner city in Germany and investigate its approach to urban regeneration and economic development. Over two weeks they took part in seminars, meetings, site visits and undertook personal research to get a better understanding of the German way…

Beat the rat race

Over 90 young people, their teachers and university undergraduates joined us for our annual invitation to Beat the Rat race at Newcastle University. Pupils from across the North East region grilled business people who use languages in the workplace. Pupils’ comments included : ‘It was very enlightening’ ‘So interesting to hear from real-life linguists’ ‘Very…

Going for growth!

  Attendees at our recent conference for businesses asked that we share contact details for fund managers and programme leads. This is available below :   funding matrix

Jornadas de español

Jornadas_Español_Durham_English_version             A FREE CPD event for both primary and secondary teachers of Spanish. Places are  limited and early application is strongly recommended. The full programme is available by following the link.     To register your place please use this link

Scholars into Schools

Working with Durham University, the council’s international relations service arranges a volunteering programme for international students to spend time in local schools. Examples of possible teaching materials are shown below: ISV activity handbook The induction presentation for students is also found below Scholars into Schools presentation 2016 For further information about the scheme, contact…

Going for Growth !

An inspiring and very informative day for business leaders and investors and a chance to reflect on EU investment in our region. Copies of the presentations from today are to be found below : Going for Growth – RENERGY   Going for Growth NEF Going for Growth v2- DurhamWorks Supporting Creative Industry Practitioners to Commercialise Their…

Guidance on school exchange visits

  Schools have asked for the most up to date guidance when organising school visits to partner schools in other countries. The most recent from the Department for Education states that : There is no legal obligation for host families to provide an equivalent of DBS checks in Germany or France.  Therefore, before the exchange…

European Day of Languages competition

Competition Call – European Day of Languages 2017 Please see the link above for information about a competition for the European Day of Languages which is open to schools across the country.

England – Italy: Let’s reduce the distance

  Hi everyone, I am Ilaria, I am 18 years old and I come from Italy, more precisely from Padua, a dynamic and vivacious city near Venice. Padua is quite a big city rich in culture, tradition and history. There are lots of places to visit, both in the countryside and in the city. In fact…


The European Commission has produced a short video which sets out its negotiating position and which is available here : Th Commission has also produced a publication which sets out EU citizens’ rights in the UK during the Brexit process. This can be down loaded here