British Council collaborates with Schools and initiates ‘English Language Quality Assurance’ programme

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british councilEngaging programme launched to work together with schools and create better learning systems and outcomes

July 22, 2015: The British Council, UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities has launched a new, collaborative initiative that will contribute significantly to the private sectors ability to deliver high quality English language education. Schools and British Council mutually understand the relevance of English language in global relations and employment. By combining quality resources with realistic but exacting quality standards, the programme aims to have a very positive impact on learner outcomes.

As part of this programme, British Council offer schools a ‘Quality Assurance Service’ by which they can be members of the British Council’s ‘English Language Quality Standards Membership Network.’ A school becomes a member by operating at level four of the British Council’s ‘Quality Standards Framework’ through successful on-site review of their English language programmes of study. After a period of two years the membership can be renewed again basis a review.

Sri Venkateshwar International School, Sector -18, Dwarka, New Delhi and Bluebells School, Kailash Colony, New Delhi are the first two schools that were successfully reviewed and awarded the Membership by the British Council today in Delhi.

Rob Lynes, Country Director, British Council, India said, “To engage in a multi-cultural the world, you need to know two, or ideally three languages. In the last few years there has been a greater demand for English language across the country. We support the teaching and learning of English in India and help create opportunities for young people to develop new skills, become better qualified, and develop a better understanding of other cultures. I am sure that The English Language Quality Standards (ELQS) Programme will be very engaging and useful to its members and in particular their students’

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The English Language Quality Standards (ELQS) Programme provides access to a range of developmental resources for English medium schools to improve their English language teaching provision. British Council’s Consultancy Service supports schools towards meeting the quality standards described in the Quality Standards Framework – an India-specific framework which defines quality in relation to ten standards and five developmental stages.

The schools receive the Quality Standards Marque from the British Council and are able to display it externally to demonstrate the quality of English language teaching provision to their stakeholders such as students, parents and teachers.

ELQS Membership Network is an ideal opportunity for schools and school principals to work with the British Council and raise the profile of their school by becoming a part of an exclusive network endorsed by the British Council.

British Council’s expertise: The British Council has been involved in the direct teaching of English for over 80 years. We operate a very successful network of teaching centres in almost 50 countries. The British Council assures the quality of its teaching centres through a system called TQS (Teaching Quality Standards).

Through Accreditation UK, the British Council accredits 550 UK language schools, international study centres, university / further education college language centres and Home Tuition providers.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes. For more information, please visit: