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Keeping abreast of Brexit – podcast library

Obviously the biggest topic as we’re talking to young people about the EU in our sessions at Europe House and in schools and colleges around the UK is Brexit. And it’s a topic that is changing every day; we try to have the most up to date information so that we can give useful, comprehensive and impartial information. Reading a range of newspapers and news websites is a big part of this, but we also find these daily briefings and podcasts really useful, informative and easy to digest.

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Free open sessions at Europe House

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This summer we will be opening our EU education sessions to any young people who are interested to come to learn about how the EU affects our day-to-day lives and so what Brexit might mean for them.

Normally these sessions are only open to school  and college groups, but over the summer we would like to invite any young people with an interest in finding out more about the EU and the changing relationship with the UK to come along, learn more and get involved in the discussion.

Sessions are interactive, thought-provoking and discussion-based.

Refreshments will be provided.

There are 3 sessions, pick one:

  • Wednesday, 27th July, 15.00-18.00
  • Thursday, 4th August, 15.00-18.00
  • Thursday 25th August, 11.00-14.00

Booking is essential, click here to book:

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What will it cover?


Which Europe are we talking about?

Euro bingo

Introducing the countries, people, institutions and events that are central to the EU.

What matters to you?

What the EU works on and what is the responsibility of member states.

Negotiating an exit – your views

What should the UK continue to work with the EU on; what should be separate?

Having an impact

How you can get involved in influencing the EU and your representatives.

Food and discussion

Stick around for some food and further discussion with those running the sessions and other participants.




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Teaching the European Union with Confidence – Free CPD

Active Citizens FEWith the EU such a hot topic, don’t forget to take this great chance to update on resources and teaching ideas at your choice of 10 free one-day CPD conferences from the European Parliament UK Office.

These politically neutral events are organised by Active Citizens FE, working in collaboration with The Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT).

Who should attend?

For staff in schools and colleges in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – and focusing on all stages in the 11-18 age range.

What are the conferences about?

As the European Union (EU) and UK membership are such topical matters of debate in 2016, this is a great chance to provide participants with a critical understanding of the issues and practical ideas for teaching the EU with confidence, with opportunities to:

  • Get new resources and ideas for teaching the EU in active ways
  • Discover approaches to help students understand arguments about UK membership of the EU in a balanced way
  • Hear expert inputs from European Parliament and (UK) Parliament’s Education Service staff on the role of the European Parliament and links with the UK Parliament and devolved administrations
  • Meet MEPs and discuss their role
  • Work with specialised citizenship teacher trainers
  • Share experiences and good practice with fellow professionals

Dates and bookingAssociation for Citizenship Teaching

Choose from the following dates and locations.

  • 22 April – London
  • 29 April – Birmingham
  • 06 May – Leeds
  • 20 May – Cambridge
  • 08 July – Cardiff
  • 30 September – Belfast
  • 14 October – Bristol
  • 11 November – Edinburgh
  • 25 November – London
  • 02 December – Leicester

Conferences will run from 9.30 – 3.45 in city centre locations.

There is no fee charged for the conferences and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

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U&WWII: European High School Competition

What is the purpose of the competition?

The Second World War was a tragic episode in the history of Europe and the world. One of the main purposes of the competition is to preserve the memories and
lessons of the Second World War, especially amongst younger generations.

What is the format of the competition?

The teams’ competition is divided into two heats, a qualifying round and a final round. The ultimate winner will be chosen after the final round.

Who can participate?

The competition is open to all children aged 14 to 19 living in a European Union (EU) member state. Entrants must come from the same educational institution. An institution may
submit as many teams as they wish into the qualifying round. Each team must be composed of 3 unique members.

Should the teams register?

Teams have to register for the qualifying round. They can do so by filling in the form at

What needs to be submitted for the qualifying round?

Once teams have registered for the qualifying round, they must produce and submit a short video on themes related to the Second World War, including peace, respect, hope, rights and integration.

How long should the video be?

Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes.

What language should the videos be?

Videos should be produced in the official language of the competition, English.

What is the deadline for submitting videos?

Once teams have registered at the above link, they should submit their videos by 30th March 2016. Winners will be announced on the website on 5th April 2016.

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EU visits to your school/college

We are now taking our highly rated European Union education sessions out into schools and colleges outside of London.

We have been running these educational sessions at Europe House on behalf of the European Parliament and European Commission for over a year and we have the opportunity to bring them into your school. They provide a fun and accessible introduction into what the EU is, how it functions and how it impacts on our day to day lives.

The sessions are politically neutral and present students with factual information about the EU’s origins and functions and then get students to explore their own views on it.

There is no cost to your school to host these sessions.

If you would like to discuss bringing us to your school, please email, call 020 3441 4800 or click the button below:

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Amazing prizes for youth-led projects: enter now

The Charlemagne Youth Prize is a prize for young Europeans who have a running project working with and learning about other Europeans.

A deadline extension to 15 February has been announced.

  • It is a prize open to young people from 16 to 30, independent of studies or profession, to which you can enroll as an individual or as a group;
  • The main focus is European integration, so the project can be anything related to promoting this concept;
  • One of the main requirements to participate is that the project should already have been launched by the deadline for applications (now 15.02.2016) – on the other hand, it can already have finished, or be still running in 2016.
  • There is a ceremony for the 28 selected projects from all Member States, held in Aachen, Germany, by the President of the European Parliament.
  • The three best projects will be awarded a prize (€5,000 for the first, €3,000 for the second and €2,000 for the third) and as part of the prize, the laureates will be invited to visit the European Parliament (in Brussels or in Strasbourg).

All related information can be found here:  and

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