A language assistant in your school


Spanish storytelling at Clayport Library


The British Council will accept online applications from schools which wish to employ a language assistant up until 31 May 2017.

Language assistants are native speakers of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese and Irish who have just arrived from a native-speaking context. Their up-to-date knowledge of their local culture makes them ideally placed to work with students on developing their conversational skills and increasing their understanding of other cultures. They can revitalise the skills of language teachers too.


Key Action 1 course

Durham City Skyline

We are delighted to be able to offer to host a course for primary school teachers who wish to develop their skills in English language teaching and who are recipients of Erasmus+ Key Action 1 funding.

The course takes place in the historic city of Durham in North East England and will include time spent in school, working to develop language content and at the National Centre for Children’s Books. Full details are available here

39568 Primary School Teacher Course brochure – FINAL

Debate on Brexit and agriculture



Colleagues at the European Parliament Office in London are co-ordinating a public debate about agriculture in our region in a post Brexit UK. The panel will include Paul Brannen MEP, Nick von Westenholz from the National Farmers’ Union and Professor David Harvey from Newcastle University’s Department of Agricultural Economics.

The debate will take place on May 12th in the Gala Theatre Studio in Durham City from 1030. Lunch is provided.

More information will follow. Please contact Europe.direct@durham.gov.uk to be sent joining instructions.

What young people feel about Brexit

As part of our Euroscola project, pupils in the North East were asked to script a news report outlining their views around Brexit. They were asked to demonstrate the plurilingualism of the Union in their reports.

The pupils will travel to Strasbourg on 23 March to share their views on a whole range of important pan European issues with other young Europeans.


Teesdale School’s winning entry in our Euroscola competition may be viewed here.

Pupils were asked to script then film their views about Brexit. The winning teams from four local schools will travel to Strasbourg to take part in a special day at the European Parliament where the pupils will debate major issues with young people from across the European Union.