A concern over education agencies selling language school courses "based on what makes us the same, not what makes us different", was a standpoint pitched against a process of standardisation in the Big Debate at the IALC Workshop last week in Leeds and York.
IALC, an exclusive network of boutique language schools worldwide, has welcomed new members from New Zealand, Spain and Argentina. The association targets a small group of destination markets each year from which to accept new members.
The US has overtaken the UK as the top receiving country for ELT as global growth slows and the study travel industry enters a period of market consolidation, leading to price pressure, IALC research has distilled.
Research commissioned by independent language school association, IALC, reveals that education agents value the accessibility and friendliness of independent schools. CEO of agency giant STB in Brazil echoed the results at the IALC conference in France.
A new list of top UK language schools compiled by ELT magazine EL Gazette, has compared the percentile rankings of centres across both new and old British Council inspection frameworks. The analysis revealed that independent schools are outperforming the chain schools once again.