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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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

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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.

The RENERGY project

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The RENERGY Project


A European funded project name RENERGY which aimed to develop more efficient energy and sustainable policies at a local level has reached its final 3 year term.

Twelve partners were brought together to produce area specific Action Plans to capture best practices and transfer experiences in order to make their regions more energy efficient.

Each partner produced a short video describing the impact that RENERGY had had upon their region with Durham County Council also being responsible for developing a Model Implementation Plan that could be adopted by any region, outlining the processes for identifying and implementing suitable energy efficient measures.

See attached link to the Durham County Council video:

Link to RENERGY website:


For further information on the project or for a copy of the Durham County Council Implementation Plan contact:-

Ian Bloomfield (Project Manager)

Tel: (+44) 0 3000 265536e-mail:

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