SCHOOLS from across County Durham have been recognised for their international work.

Twelve schools have received the British Council’s International School Award, which recognises those that have embedded a global perspective into teaching and learning.

Many of the schools involved have implemented classroom activities which include a focus on learning languages, collaborating with partner schools across the world and teaching pupils about other cultures and countries.

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Representatives from the schools were presented with their awards from explorer and TV presenter Will Millard at a ceremony in Newcastle.

Cllr Olwyn Gunn, Cabinet member for children and young people, said: “We are delighted that so many of our schools have been recognised for their international work, which helps equip our young people with the skills needed to live and work in a global society.”

The schools picking up the award were Bowburn Infant and Nursery School, Burnside, Crook and Dean Bank Primary Schools, Durham Trinity School and Sports College and Etherley Lane Primary School.

St Cuthbert’s RCVA Primary in Crook, St Joseph’s RCVA Primary School in Blackhall, St Margaret’s C of E Primary School in Durham, Staindrop School, Wingate Infants School and Woodhouse Community Primary School also received the British Council’s International School Award.