The UK’s ELT sector “faced on onslaught in 2014” according to English UK CEO Eddie Byers, who this week reported a decline in both student weeks and numbers for the country’s private and state ELT providers.
Crest Schools of English, based in London, was forced to close at the end of last month, citing various difficult operating factors, such as new SELT rules, loss of work rights for students and compliance costs.
Transport for London has agreed to supply English UK and its affiliates with discounted group travel tickets after the MD of Stafford House Study Holidays claimed victory in a complaint about rising public transportation fees.
British Council-accredited schools voiced concerns over quality provision, price wars and challenges around satisfying group leaders of the Italian MoE’s PON scholarship scheme at an event held by the British Council, English UK and Trinity College this week.
Chief Executive at English UK, Eddie Byers, has stated that the UK's ELT sector needs to work harder to make the government understand it is a "key feed" into the HE sector. And English Australia's Sue Blundell wowed ALTO delegates with data illustrating Australia's growth and grasp of stats.
As the UK's ELT market continues to become more competitive and tighter policy restrictions loom, providers are taking a holistic approach to the student experience as a way to maintain student numbers. This month, over 70 UK-based non-academic language school staff attended English UK's first 'Student Experience' conference since 2007.
More changes are looming for the UK’s Tier 4 visa system as the government finetunes its new Immigration Act. Speaking at StudyWorld this week, UKVI's Bharat Pamnani said the government is planning on consolidating visitor visa categories and is considering offering a cheaper Premium Service for smaller providers.