Sitting an exam at a British Council exam centre 

Jonathan Hardy, Head of Schools Development at Cambridge Assessment International Education, shares a case study of their partnership with the British Council, lasting throughout the past 50 years.

Cambridge Assessment International Education offers programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds, working across 10,000 schools, for students sitting exams in June, March and November each year, in over 160 countries. Cambridge Assessment International Education work with schools to deliver an international curriculum, often as a complement to the school’s national curriculum.

What we do in partnership

Through the longstanding global partnership, Cambridge Assessment International Education and the British Council work to:

  • grow the network of partner schools in key markets 
  • provide support for Cambridge Associate Schools
  • carry out detailed and accurate administration of examinations
  • securely distribute examinations materials
  • handle registration through seamless collection of fees in local currency and remittance of board fees in Sterling to the partner.

How the British Council and Cambridge Assessment International Education work together

The British Council is seen as the business development arm, working alongside Cambridge teams to identify and prospect new schools to join the Partner Schools’ Global Network.

Being a partner with the British Council means Cambridge Assessment International Education are part of the British Council suite of tools and resources available to schools. When a new school joins the network, the British Council ensures schools have everything they need to deliver Cambridge programmes and qualifications, through access to the high quality online teaching and learning resources offered by Cambridge Assessment International Education.


Cambridge Assessment International Education consider the British Council to be a trusted partner when it comes to the secure distribution and detailed administration of examinations, from leaving Cambridge in the UK, to their secure shipment and delivery to the desks of exams candidates in test centres worldwide, to sharing results and providing certificates to students. The British Council also provides confidence in financial coordination, from candidate, to school and payment back to the partner. The British Council’s own standards are reassuring, taking the risk away from partners, to ensure the safe, secure delivery of examinations materials.

This longstanding partnership has been achieved through a partnership agreement which sets out shared business plans and clear service level agreements. Robust relationships, not only centrally, but also between representatives on the ground enable good partnership from the global to the local level.