Accreditation UK monitors and improves standards of management, teaching, resources, welfare and care of under 18s in UK English language teaching (ELT).
Accreditation guarantees quality
Accredited centres must have:
• appropriately qualified teachers
• teaching, which meets the Scheme requirements
• effective safeguarding and supervision of under 18s
• safe premises, with properly-equipped classrooms and areas for relaxation
• brochures and publicity materials which accurately reflect what is provided
• proper emergency procedures, known to staff and students.
If they have accommodation, including homestays, this will be regularly inspected and must meet Scheme standards.
See section 2.2 of the Accreditation UK Handbook 2016-17 for the full list of what we check during the inspection process.
The same standards are applied in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Our rigorous inspection process involves:
• full inspections of every centre every four years
• re-inspections of all new centres within 18 months
• random spot-check inspections
• inspections carried out by ELT-specialist inspectors
• inspection reports moderated by a committee of experts.
• publicly available inspection criteria, specific to the needs of international students of English
• publicly available inspection report summaries and full inspection reports.