'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.

Up to 70 per cent of all jobs advertised on tefl.com are for native English speaking teachers. Photo by Flazingo Photos on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Up to 70 per cent of all jobs advertised on tefl.com are for native English speaking teachers. Photo by Flazingo Photos on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Up to 70 per cent of all jobs advertised on tefl.com are for native English speaking teachers. Photo by Flazingo Photos on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

There are perceptions that native speakers of English make better English language teachers. Marek Kiczkowiak, winner of the British Council’s Teaching English blog award, argues that those perceptions need to change.

More than two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. Photo by Marc Veraart under Creative Commons licence.

More than two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. Photo by Marc Veraart under Creative Commons licence.

More than two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. Photo by Marc Veraart under Creative Commons licence.

When a country is at war, what happens to its universities? And why does it matter to its young citizens? The British Council's Sally Ward describes the heartbreak facing the young Syrians who wish to educate themselves and rebuild their country.

'The children are a delight, always smiling and so keen'. Screen shot from British Council video.

'The children are a delight, always smiling and so keen'. Screen shot from British Council video.

'The children are a delight, always smiling and so keen'. Screen shot from British Council video.

Can you imagine living and working in beautiful, tropical Malaysian Borneo? Rob Gordon is one of over 120 British Council mentors working with primary school teachers across the rural provinces of Sabah and Sarawak, helping them to develop their teaching methodology and improve their English language skills. Here, he describes a typical day in the job.

'Many are familiar with the story of how more Indian and Chinese students came to the UK as their countries’ economies grew.' Still from the British Council's animated infographic on student mobility

'Many are familiar with the story of how more Indian and Chinese students came to the UK as their countries’ economies grew.' Still from the British Council's animated infographic on student mobility

'Many are familiar with the story of how more Indian and Chinese students came to the UK as their countries’ economies grew.' Still from the British Council's animated infographic on student mobility

September is when the UK will be welcoming new and returning students from all over the world, while sending out a few of its own. The British Council's Michael Peak runs us through the trends in recent years (link to data visualisation), as UCAS releases figures