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Accreditation solution for British language schools

A solution has been found to the fiasco of having no appropriate body able to verify the quality and integrity of English language schools and various other private education providers in the UK.

The government announced today that the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) will take charge of private education providers, with ISI inspecting privately-funded further education colleges and also English language schools. QAA will look after private higher education providers. See

The UK government came up with new rules in April that meant there was suddenly no viable accreditation organisation that could verify the bona fides of English language schools – all five of the previous designated bodies were no longer listed as eligible.

It has been suggested that ISI will work with Accreditation UK, a scheme delivered by English UK and the British Council – to provide a custom-fit accreditation model for English language teaching providers – Tony Millns at English UK said that talks were occuring next month to establish the best way forward.

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