The new Commissioner designate


The European Commission is made up of 28 Commissioners; one from each EU member state. Following the resignation of the UK’s Commissioner, Jonathan Hill. Sir Julian King, who is currently the British Ambassador to France has been designated as his successor. The infographic below explains in brief the relationship between national government, the Commission and the European Parliament.

London to Brussels – Theresa May

Organised study visits to France and Germany

The International Relations team at Durham County Council organises five and six day residential study visits to France and Germany for pupils from Y5 – Y9.

In 2016/17, we will also be organising visits with a history focus for Y9/10 pupils to the Somme region of France.

The visits can be tailored to meet the requirements of your school and price includes return travel by coach from school with ferry or Eurotunnel crossing, full board from arrival at the destination, insurance, collective passport, teaching resources and an excursion booking service. A full school party is deemed to be 35 pupils accompanied by 3/4 staff. Smaller school groups may be combined with other school parties.

For full details and to discuss your school requirements, please contact

Discovery Weeks brochure

Brochure 2015

History visits


European Day of languages

We are pleased to be able schools the opportunity to bid for one of 20 £75 grants to mark the European Day of Languages ( 26th September )

The grants are designed to support language learning activities or support intercultural awareness events. Costs relating to food tasting activities are not eligible for funding.

The deadline for applications to be considered is 9th September but early application is both preferred and recommended,

EDOL advert 2016

EDoL 2016 Application form