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What are British Council accreditation inspections?

Accreditation UK is a quality assurance scheme for UK providers of courses in English as a foreign language (EFL) which the British Council runs in partnership with English UK.  Schools, colleges, and universities which offer courses in EFL can join the scheme voluntarily and members are inspected on a four-yearly basis, supported by unannounced interim visits between inspections.

The scheme gives an assurance of quality to international students who are taking or are planning to take an English language course in the UK.

Their external inspections assure that all accredited centres meet or exceed the agreed quality standards in management, resources and environment, teaching, welfare and (where applicable) care of under 18s .

More information about this accreditation scheme can be viewed online at

St Edmund's College Summer School's report

The British Council last inspected and accredited our 'Global Skills in English Summer School' programme in August 2017.  This inspection relates exclusively to the teaching of English in the UK, so does not include our 'Global Skills International Summer School' programme, Day Camps or Academies.

The Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching, welfare, and care of under 18s and accredits organisations which meet the overall standard in each area inspected. This private boarding school offers residential vacation courses in general English for under 18s. Strengths were noted in the areas of staff management, student administration, quality assurance, publicity, premises and facilities, learning resources, academic management, course design, learner management, teaching, care of students, leisure opportunities, and care of under 18s.

The inspection report stated that the organisation met the standards of the Scheme.

You can view our full British Council inspection report online here.