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North East results

Region total

Remain: 562,595

Leave: 778,103

Electorate: 1,934,341
Verified Ballot Papers: 1,341,387
Turnout: 69.3%
Ballot Papers Counted : 1,341,387
Valid Votes: 1,340,698
Rejected Ballots: 689

After the EU referendum result, there is a great deal of uncertainty about many important things which will affect the lives of the people who live and work in our region. Much will hinge on the negotiations which the EU will enter into with the UK only after Article 50 has been invoked. In the meantime, it is business as usual.

Schools can still apply for European funding, our information service will continue to address the demands from local residents. Those who travel to other parts of the EU will be able to do so as before and be met with the same support as is afforded to other EU citizens.

Building bridges

Our annual conference took place on 5th July in Newcastle upon Tyne. The principal speakers talked about the need to help extend the experiences of our pupils and support their SMS and C development. the international School Award framework was cited as good model for implementation and reference was made to the British Council's Connecting Classrooms programme.
The speakers' presentations can be viewed here


We are again offering schools the chance to bid for a small £75 grant to help mark the European Day of Languages on 26th September.
The grant can be used to purchase language teaching resources, CDs and books or meet the costs of visiting speakers or teachers. It cannot be used to purchase food for food tasting exercises.
The grant application form is available to down load from
Applications must be returned by 9th the latest. Early application is preferred and recommended. Please note that the grant cannot be used to buy items for food tasting activities. The school activity should support language learning or intercultural awareness.

100 of the 300 British and Irish pupils who joined their 300 French friends at the Thiépval memorial on 1st July were pupils from County Durham schools. The pupils had been working on a joint curriculum project; initiated by the British Council.
Together, the pupils represented hope for the future and solidarity among nations.

Secondary schools which would like to develop links with a French partner school can apply for funding to support school visits. There is also support available to find partner schools for schools without partners in France.

Teaching languages in the North East

Nathalie Paris has asked me to share information about a facebook group which is designed to support teachers of modern foreign languages in our region. You can ask to join the group at

Our office organizes a range of different study visits to France and Germany for pupils in KS2 and KS3.

Visits for primary pupils introduce the children to life in a different country whilst those for secondary pupils will support language learning or investigation into World War 1 based around eth Somme area.
Small groups can often be combined with parties from other local schools.

The cost of a week's visit is around £320 per pupil depending on choice of centre and itinerary.

Please call Karen Smith for further details 03000268502

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