We promote the UK as an English language study destination on behalf of our accredited schools to students and agents worldwide.

The British Council is committed to inspecting and accrediting quality English language centres. It is an internationally recognised badge of quality for all ELT markets.

We accredit a range of centres all over the UK, including private language schools (of all sizes), multicentre summer schools, colleges, universities, boarding schools and home tuition.

Accreditation UK

Accreditation UK is the place to find all the information you need about quality assurance for UK providers of English language teaching. Accreditation provides students with a guarantee of choice and quality.

Accredited language providers can contact accreditation.unit@britishcouncil.org for up-to-date information on inspection deadlines, pre-inspection briefings, standards and criteria and latest scheme developments.

Language providers interested in accreditation can access information, advice and documentation on how to become accredited. Find out more on our Accreditation web pages.

Market reports

Our market reports aim to provide support for UK ELT providers in recruiting students from overseas markets and are a key benefit of membership of Accreditation UK. They focus on key ELT markets, and will assist providers in building closer connections with potential students and their influencers, partners and study abroad agents. The reports are developed in partnership with English UK.

These reports have been produced exclusively for British Council accredited providers. Accredited language providers can access the reports using the download links below and a special password code. Please contact accreditation.unit@britishcouncil.org to acquire the password code.

We recently launched our English Language Report: Saudi Arabia, which is part of a larger collection of reports on all of the Gulf States which will be uploaded and sent in the post to all members of Accreditation UK in the near future. The next release in the series will be our English Language Report: Brazil.

Download our English market reports:

Fairs and exhibitions

The British Council attends many language travel fairs and exhibitions each year, and is a key sponsor of English UK fairs. These events are a great opportunity for the British Council to meet with accredited schools and agents on a one-to-one basis. Meeting face-to-face with agents enables us to emphasise that British Council accreditation continues to be valid for Short-term study visas. We also discuss the value of accreditation as quality assurance in ELT, the rigorous inspection process all schools go through, and the benefits of studying and living in the UK.

Education UK and SIEM course finder databases

All British Council accredited providers can be listed free of charge in the Education UK search tool and access opportunities and resources on our SIEM (Services for Educational International Marketing) website. Find out more on how to get listed or update your details.

English UK Professional Services

Annual conferences take place in the UK including the ELT Marketing Conference, Teacher’s Conference and ELT Management Conference.

Training days, including topics such as welfare, management and technology in the classroom, take place regularly throughout the year.

English UK offer an Accreditation Consultancy Scheme to help centres prepare for British Council inspection.

Find out more information about English UK professional services.

Policy Statement on British Council Teaching Centre Operations

The core purpose for our network of 80 teaching centres is to support our cultural relations mission and to deliver impact for the UK in all countries where we operate teaching centres. In our mixed economy model, in which our teaching centres do not receive any direct public funding, we aim to generate a surplus across the network to support and grow this impact and to support the infrastructure and further investment needed to deliver and expand our work across the globe. In order to have a sustainable network of centres, we will aim for all centres to break even within three years of opening and will review all centres that have been in deficit for three consecutive years (following the initial three year break-even set up period). The three year stage is a key decision gate on whether to close underperforming centres. In certain cases, centres may be kept open where English language teaching work is critical for us to deliver cultural relations, and/or where our teaching centre sustains the platform for continuing our work in broader cultural relations in the country.
 
This decision is dependent on a number of factors. In brief these are:
a) the importance of the teaching centre in terms of sustaining the British Council’s overall cultural relations offer
b) analysis of historical performance against impact and income KPIs
c) market analysis of opportunity
d) cost benefit analysis of the options – invest, close, maintain.
e) the availability of investment funds to address opportunity or closure
f) A geopolitical typology of operating environments, to assess level of competition, development of country and market, etc.
 
The review of an underperforming centre will include consultation with HMA/FCO at an early stage of the decision making process.

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