global citizens

Newcastle City of Languages is a partnership initiative, which evolved as part of our international city plan, Our Newcastle Our World and our work as one of ten British Council UK Focus Cities.

Following discussions with Youth Connectors in July 2019 around the theme of Newcastle as an international city for children and young people as confident, global citizens, priorities emerged around:

Promoting language learning across the city

Enabling all young people to have international experiences and opportunities

Valuing and celebrating the cultures and languages in the city

Connecting with people across the world

Enhancing skills, employability, education, training and work opportunities

Aspirations, challenges, solutions and practical actions to address these were discussed in an initial Newcastle City of Languages stakeholder event on 29th November. Bringing together representatives and experts from across the city, with regional, national and international organisations, a range of commitments have been made and a clear willingness to work together to achieve the ambitions.



A Newcastle City of Languages report and action plan will be available by the end of December 2019. Resources linked to this initiative are shared below:

Newcastle City of Languages Agenda and Papers 29th November 2019 (including background briefing note)

Newcastle City of Languages 29th November Presentation slides (including City of Languages context and British Council overview and offer)

Information Paper: Supporting Modern Foreign Languages in your school - A guide for Governors (ASCL, British Council NGA)

British Council classroom resources for languages, international links and to bring the world into your classroom

ALL4Languages Primary Languages Supplement Autumn 2019 (including resources and support from Institut Francais, Goethe-Institut, Japan Foundation, British Council and others)

Institut Francais Support for Schools and Teachers of French in the UK (including links to a wide range of resources)

Languages in the UK: A Call to Action (National Academies, February 2019)


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