Ed Cheney, one of our former English language assistants in China, used the opportunity to build a bamboo clothing and accessories brand. Photo by Héctor García, Creative Commons licence.

Ed Cheney, one of our former English language assistants in China, used the opportunity to build a bamboo clothing and accessories brand. Photo by Héctor García, Creative Commons licence.

Ed Cheney, one of our former English language assistants in China, used the opportunity to build a bamboo clothing and accessories brand. Photo by Héctor García, Creative Commons licence.

The idea to create Mabboo, a sustainable bamboo clothing and accessories brand, came to Ed Cheney in February 2008, during his time as a British Council English language assistant in China. He explains what made his business flourish.

'Most students obviously need to practise for the exam itself, but it is essential that students do not just do exam practice.' Photo by Lan Rasso / Creative Commons licence.

'Most students obviously need to practise for the exam itself, but it is essential that students do not just do exam practice.' Photo by Lan Rasso / Creative Commons licence.

'Most students obviously need to practise for the exam itself, but it is essential that students do not just do exam practice.' Photo by Lan Rasso / Creative Commons licence.

What is the benefit of letting students be creative while they prepare for an exam that's crucial to their careers? Following his British Council seminar in Bournemouth yesterday, teacher and author Sam McCarter answers why creativity may be better than rote memorisation.

What prevents managers in language-teaching organisations from delegating tasks? Photo by Matthijs on Flickr under Creative Commons licence

What prevents managers in language-teaching organisations from delegating tasks? Photo by Matthijs on Flickr under Creative Commons licence

What prevents managers in language-teaching organisations from delegating tasks? Photo by Matthijs on Flickr under Creative Commons licence

Delegation is one of the toughest challenges for managers in English language teaching and elsewhere. Duncan Foord, who has worked with teachers, directors of studies, school managers and principals, answers seven questions about delegation, before his British Council webinar on Wednesday, 29 January 2014.

'Every province in China has its own distinct style of cooking.' Photo by astro now / Creative Commons licence.

'Every province in China has its own distinct style of cooking.' Photo by astro now / Creative Commons licence.

'Every province in China has its own distinct style of cooking.' Photo by astro now / Creative Commons licence.

We are recruiting people from the UK now to become English Language Assistants (ELAs) in China next academic year! There are plenty of reasons why you should apply. Former assistant Phoebe Blagg lists her top ten.

Education systems don't produce enough women scientists. Photo by Intel Free Press, Creative Commons licence.

Education systems don't produce enough women scientists. Photo by Intel Free Press, Creative Commons licence.

Education systems don't produce enough women scientists. Photo by Intel Free Press, Creative Commons licence.

Recent research concludes that not enough young people are choosing to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and pursue STEM careers, and that the profile of those who do is too narrow to sustain Europe's economic competitiveness. The British Council's Dr Tim Slingsby believes that policy adjustments may help turn the problem around.