Going for Growth

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Save the date !

Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham

Friday 6 October – 0930 – 1230

A half day event for local businesses and decision makers in North East England to reflect on EU support for jobs, investment and growth in our region.

The event will provide examples of how European funding has supported businesses in the region. Fund managers will be on hand to answer questions about the current ERDF programme which will continue to help SMEs access finance for start up and growth until 2020.

Delegates will shape a message to our elected representatives about the type of support we require to underpin our economy in a post Brexit Britain.

The event is free to attend and is organised by Europe Direct North East England with support from the European Commission.

To reserve a place contact Europe Direct North East England


Tel 03000 268503


European Day of Languages grants for schools

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Grant scheme

26th September is the European Day of Languages. It is a great time to arrange fun European activities to celebrate the language and cultural diversity found across Europe.

Europe Direct North East is inviting schools to apply for a small grant to help them run a European Day of Languages event. We are awarding grants of £75, which will be given to the strongest and most innovative applications.


What are we looking for?

We are seeking to support projects/ activities which stimulate people to learn and think about different languages and cultural diversity on or around 26th September. Activities might include:

  • providing language taster sessions – particularly European languages not commonly taught in UK schools
  • exploring and celebrating the diversity of cultures to be found in Europe, e.g. different music, dance, costumes, traditions, etc.
  • language themed quizzes and competitions.

Please note that we will not offer grants for food tasting activities

How to apply?

Applicants will be notified during the week following the deadline as to whether or not they have been successful.

Please complete and return the accompanying application form by 5pm, Friday 28th July 2017. The application needs to outline your learning objectives and must state how you will spend the grant, ( purchase of language resources, specialist teacher provision etc.)

EDoL 2017 Application form


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us – Europe Direct North East, International Relations, Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UF, Tel. 03000268503, Email Europe.direct@durham.gov.uk

First aid kit for primary languages

Colleagues at the Association of Language Learning (ALL ) have developed some stand alone activities for primary language classrooms.

Pupils attending our Song for Europe competition on 23 May, will have the chance to trial these during the day. On consideration the authors realized that other teachers might find these activities useful in school, especially for those times when the usual teacher is away or there is a problem that needs sorting elsewhere. So these are language activities that take little explanation, with resources and support for non-specialist teachers, some of which can be used by learners with little or no intervention.

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New Japan teaching resource for KS1/KS2 geography

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The new pack comprises ;

A teacher’s pack ( Japan – teachers’ pack )

Where in the world ? A powerpoint presentation and overview of Japan ( Where in the world )

What can I find in this place ? A photo pack ( what can I find in this place )and powerpoint presentation ( What can I find in this place ) which focusses on life in Tokyo

Destination Ogawara – a photo pack (Destination Ogawara) and powerpoint presentation  (Destination Ogawara) which looks at life in Escomb’s partner school in Japan.

Many thanks to staff and pupils at Escomb Primary School and to Gabrielle Reddington from the Education Development Service. We look forward to receiving your feedback and hope that you find the materials useful and engaging for your pupils.