European Day of Languages grants

26th September is the European day of Langauges – a day to celebrate the linguistic diversity across our continent. It is not just about European languages but ALL the languages which are spoken within our shores.

Europe Direct North East is offering a limited number of £75 grants to schools which wish to mark this day by holding a special event on or around 26th September. The grant cannot be used for food tasting but can be deployed to provide additional resources for the classroom. The award of a grant is conditional upon a report being submitted which shows how the grant was used.

EDoL 2015 Application form

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FREE conference for North East schools – Respect for cultural diversity – a British Value

Europe Direct North East England is hosting a conference at the Great North Museum in Newcastle on Tuesday 7 July to consider cultural diversity within the government’s framework of promoting British values in schools. Details are below and early application is strongly recommended. The course will be of interest to school leaders and classroom practitioners in all phases.

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registration form

Song for Europe



Forty countries will compete in this year’s Eurovision song contest in Vienna in Austria on 23 May.

In a precursor to the event in Austria,  27 primary schools from North East England will battle it out to be crowned this year’s Song for Europe winner.

Each of the Y4 teams will be performing their song in a language other than English. Last year’s winners, Escomb Primary School, will be back to defend the title when they stole the competition with a rendition of ” Stand by me” in Lithuanian. This year, we can look forward to listening to ” Let it go ! ” in French, “Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand” and “Chocolate Molinillo”.

The competition takes place at the Gala Theatre in Durham City on Wednesday 6th May.


WW1 history event for the region’s teachers

Following a successful Comenius REGIO project with partners in Northern France to develop partnerships between schools, museums and archive services to support learning about the First World War, we are hosting a free event for the region’s teachesr at the Durham Light Infantry Museum in Durham on May 20th from 1230 – 1500.

The half day event will begin with a self guided visit to museum collection, lunch and then a series of presentations about teh project, the pupils’ learning and also the new Durham at war website. The museum’s education staff will run three taster workshops featuring object handling, poetry and art and also a session investigating the life of an indicvidual soldier.

To book a place, please email

Children’s Art gallery

Rachel's painting Rachel and painting

A bright and bold painting by a pupil at Hare law School in County Durham will soon be admired by visitors to the Children’s Art Gallery of Europe in Kiev in the Ukraine.  Durham County Council was asked to find a suitable piece of children’s art to join the many which come from a vast array of coutries around the continent and which have been drawn together to mark Europe Day, 9th May.