Led by Newcastle University, in partnership with Durham University, Northumbria University, the University of Sunderland and Teesside University.

Key contact

Sophie Stewart
North East Project Manager

Room 6.3, School of Modern Languages, Old Library Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU


tel: 0191 208 5454

What's happening in the North East?

With targeted interventions from primary right through to tertiary education the Routes into Languages North East Consortium provides a comprehensive programme designed to raise the profile of language learning in this region. Our ultimate aim is to increase and widen participation in Higher Education language programmes whilst motivating learners, working closely with regional stakeholders, and supporting MFL teachers in our 12 LEAs.

The Routes NE programme offers a unique blend of web learning and pedagogical support with an emphasis on employability. Through this we hope to enthuse, and infuse, the North East with an international spirit, heightened intercultural awareness, and linguistic expertise.

Click here to see a map of all the schools we have worked with since the project began back in 2007.

Activities and events


• Year 9 Roadshows
The Northumbria Strand visit ‘hub’ schools to present their diverse and fun introduction to continued language learning to give Key Stage 3 linguists a motivational boost through the exciting range of Q&A sessions, language tasters, quizzes, and a take-home parent/pupil pack.

Year 9 Festival of International Culture 
Our annual festival of international culture is an exciting day of languistic and cultural activities inspired by foreign cultures all over the world. Bollywood dancing meets Persian calligraphy, Arabic meets Russian. The opportunities are endless...

• Years 10 and 12 Web-learning:
Newcastle University and the Open University in the North construct a web portal to link language learners across the region in a variety of innovative ways. Emphasis is placed equally on performance pedagogy and creative participation.

Click here to visit the LINGUACAST and UNIVERSED sites!

• Years 10 and 12: Linguacast On-Campus:
Participants visit Newcastle campus to produce MFL web material for use in the classroom back at school. These are run parallel to a range of on-campus activities such as taster sessions. The visiting pupils’ work is to be posted on the web portal.

• Years 11 and 13: Masterclasses
Organised by Durham University with strand partners, Teesside and Sunderland, Routes NE invite exam candidates to attend high quality revision sessions on five different campuses in the region.

Years 11 and 13: Tasters
Durham, Sunderland, and Teesside Universities, design and deliver Taster Sessions in a range of curriculum and community languages. They also offer translation and interpreting taster sessions in state of the art language labs.

• Years 11 and 13: Language Days
Durham, Sunderland, and Teesside Universities offer Language Days that immerse Year 11 and 13 pupils in core language skill areas in preparation for key examinations.

How can you get involved?

Sign up to our national mailing list or click here to receive regular updates about Routes North East activities via our regional mailing list .

BOOKINGS : or via the Events pages on this site. 

Please be aware that in a bid to ensure that places are not left unexpectedly vacant at the expense of schools who might otherwise have been able to participate, a £50 administration fee will ordinarily be levied on cancellations with less than one week’s notice, without reasonable cause. For major events such as the Festival of International Culture, for which we are regularly forced to operate reserve waiting lists, this would be extended to up to less than 2 weeks' notice. Please take this into consideration when making a booking.


Student Language Ambassadors:

If you are a Newcastle University student and wish to apply to be part of the Student Ambassador team for 2014-15 please find the job description, person specification and application form available to download using the links below.