From Bishop Auckland to the White House

We are delighted to be able to share Dr Fiona Hill’s remarkable journey with pupils at her old school in Bishop Auckland next week. Fiona left Bishop Barrington School to study Russian at St Andrews University. Her studies took her to Harvard where she eventually married and settled. She served on the United States Security…

A Right Royal Do

To mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, 300 pupils from seven County Durham schools had intensive rehearsals with performers from across the Commonwealth. Their talents were showcased at a fantastic concert in Durham on 14 June; attended by 800 guests among them our Lord-Lieutenant, High Sheriff, Chair of County Council, Mayor and dignitaries from across the…

Wining posters

We were delighted with the 543 entries for our Languages Open Doors poster competition. The winning entries are displayed below are were from KS1 – Leona, Delves Lane Primary School KS2 – Imogen – Framwellgate Primary School KS3 – Beniamin – Outwood Academy Riverside Huge congratulations to all who entered.

Film about Ramadan and Eid

We are delighted to be working with Newcastle Central Mosque and with EAL and Diversity Solutions to produce a short film for schools in our region. The film will explain how the Moslem community in our region marks Ramadan and celebrates Eid. Schools will be able to download the film free of charge. We will…

Spanish Days at Durham University

Vicky Gough is unable to join us but has created a presentation which Brian Stobie will deliver. It can be downloaded from here :

Where can languages take you?

Partners at British Council have organised a great webinar to illustrate the careers which you can follow with some knowledge of a different language. Speakers include : Former language assistant from Newcastle A civil servant in the region A RAF officer from North East England A member of staff from GCHQ The event is FREE…

Launch of regional festival of languages

The regional festival of languages is back ! Bigger and even better than last year’s great success, this year’s festival will span the whole month of March. We would like all schools to get on board and celebrate language learning during the month of March. Hold your own language event and share news of it…