Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the people associated with contemporary UK arts and culture (Photo by Sam under Creative Commons licence)

Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the people associated with contemporary UK arts and culture (Photo by Sam under Creative Commons licence)

Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the people associated with contemporary UK arts and culture (Photo by Sam under Creative Commons licence)

What makes people like a country? New research, released today, surveyed more than 1,000 18- to 34-year-olds in each of six countries: Brazil, China, Germany, India, the US and the UK. So what did people think of the UK? Anne Bostanci breaks down the results.

There’s a lot of history in Birmingham with bands like Slade and Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. Photo: British Council

There’s a lot of history in Birmingham with bands like Slade and Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. Photo: British Council

There’s a lot of history in Birmingham with bands like Slade and Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. Photo: British Council

Every Friday, we present the best in new UK music through our global radio show, The Selector. In our latest show, indie rockers JAWS from Birmingham play three of their songs live and speak about their home city, Birmingham. Scroll down to listen to the interview and songs.

'Co-ordinating a school partnership allows you to take on a leadership role within your school.' Photo by Duane Schoon under Creative Commons licence.

'Co-ordinating a school partnership allows you to take on a leadership role within your school.' Photo by Duane Schoon under Creative Commons licence.

'Co-ordinating a school partnership allows you to take on a leadership role within your school.' Photo by Duane Schoon under Creative Commons licence.

On top of all the teaching and preparation, ambitious teachers have to also think about getting ahead in their careers. Keri Reid, principal teacher at Muthill Primary School in Scotland, explains how partnering with Juliet Johnston school in Ghana has helped.

'Singing as part of the whole class creates a safe space for shy children to find their voice.' Photo: British Council

'Singing as part of the whole class creates a safe space for shy children to find their voice.' Photo: British Council

'Singing as part of the whole class creates a safe space for shy children to find their voice.' Photo: British Council

Music is one of life’s greatest pleasures. So how can teachers encourage shy children to sing? Jane Wheeler is a singing leader on the British Council’s World Voice programme teaching children around the world to sing in each other’s languages. She shares her tips here.

'Radio drama is, I think, my favourite of all the different things I’ve done'. Photo by Sveta Bogomolova on Flickr under Creative Commons

'Radio drama is, I think, my favourite of all the different things I’ve done'. Photo by Sveta Bogomolova on Flickr under Creative Commons

'Radio drama is, I think, my favourite of all the different things I’ve done'. Photo by Sveta Bogomolova on Flickr under Creative Commons

British writer Neil Gaiman is credited as being one of the creators of the modern graphic novel as well as an author whose work crosses many genres. He’s a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics and radio drama. He writes books for readers of all ages.

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