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UK: ELT centre celebrates top marks from BC

The London School of English has received top marks in its recent British Council inspection report, an achievement it shares with another four BC-accredited English language schools in the country.

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The 107-year-old establishment, founded in 1912 in London, provides English language courses for over 18s. In its latest inspection, it was awarded a point of ‘strength’, meaning it exceeded standards, in all the 14 areas of inspection.

“I think the role of excellence is key – this score is the closest you can get to a guarantee”

“This is a terrific achievement that the whole team are justifiably proud of,”  CEO Hauke Tallon said in a statement.

“And the key is having not just great individuals but having great people who are able to be great team players.  Working with them is a privilege.”

Speaking with The PIE News, the school’s director of sales and marketing Jo Burns said that such a result is key for the success of English language schools’ marketing efforts.

“I think the role of excellence is key – this score is the closest you can get to a guarantee,” she said.

“We can explain to clients and agents in more depth how this is beneficial for them, but a perfect score like this makes for an eye-catching introduction.”

Achieving full marks in the inspection report is no easy feat, Liz McLaren, manager of Accreditation UK, told The PIE.

“Getting full marks is quite rare – there are currently only about half a dozen language centres that have achieved it, but the number is slowly rising,” she said.

The Accreditation UK quality assurance scheme, run in partnership by the British Council and English UK, inspects and evaluates English language teaching centres in areas covering management, teaching and learning, resources and environment, welfare and, where applicable, care of under 18s.

Centres which offer courses to under 18s are therefore assessed in 15 standards, those who don’t in 14.

The London School of English celebrated 50 years of its Holland Park location in September.

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