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English language learning and teaching

ARELS - Association of Recognised English Language Services

A list of private English language schools accredited by the British Council and in membership of ARELS

BASELT - British Association of State English Language Teaching

A list of state providers of English language, accredited by the British Council and in membership of BASELT

BIELT - British Institute for English Language Teaching

website of this professional association, includes job information

Cambridge EFL Online

Provides examinations and assessment processes for learners of English as a foreign language, including such exams as First Certificate in English, and Certificsate of Proficiency in English

CELTA - Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults

Syllabus overview (content & objectives), entry requirements, length and referral to CILTS. Also provides information on centres globally

English language resources

Page on the British Council site which provides links to English language and teaching information

English in Britain

Part of the English in Britain suite, which also includes English in Britain - the guide, and the English in Britain Coursefinder. Lists British Council accredited English language schools in the UK


Magazine type site aimed at both students and teachers of English. Links to: FAQs; articles; conferences; accrediting organisations; EFL books and software

IATEFL - International Association for TEFL

Site of this wordwide TEFL organisations, aimed primarily at professionals in this field

IELTS - International English Language Testing System

test outline, centres (UK and worldwide), organisations recognising IELTS, and sample tests


Site from the British Council designed to help students practice their English outside the classroom. Different areas aimed at children, teenagers and adults and facilties include self testing, games, songs, grammar and many other links

Online English courses

Interactive study site supported by the British Council allowing registered students to learn online. At present includes Intermediate level parts 1 and 2; FCE and CAE Write online, but an upper intermediate course and an intermediate business English course are planned.

SELTIC - Learn English in Scotland

Links tolocations, SELTIC members, courses and costs

Trinity College TESOL courses

Information on the Certificate and Licentiate Diploma TESOL courses, including institutions worldwide providing training courses.

Boarding schools and colleges

AQA - Assessment and Qualifications Alliance

One of the three unitary examining bodies in England, comprising AEB, NEAB, City and Guilds. Provides GCSE, A level, GNVQ, NVQ and other vocational qualifications. Site includes sylabus, support material, exhibitions and conferences

BECTA - British Education Communications and Technology Agency

Ensures that ICT supports the government's drive to improve standards in curriculum subjects. Extends into schools, lifelong learning, NGfL, and Corporate Services. Draws together inclusive materials on SEN, ESOL, and the Speech Recognition site. See also Learning and Teaching Scotland

Childcare Link

Advice and guidance on choosing suitable childcare (age range 0 to 5). Access to list of registered childminders and nursery schools. Includes local contacts for childcare information.

CIFE - Conference of Independent Further Education

Links to website of CIFE members (mainly tutorial colleges)

COBISEC - The Council of British Independent Schools in the European Communities

36 members in 11 countries. All schools follow a UK curriculum. Affiliated to the Independent Schools Council (ISC).

DfEE School Admissions Code of Practice

State admission procedures. Includes: guidance on pupils from overseas; making admissions easier for parents; waiting lists; fees; class sizes; home school agreements; selection

Early Learning Development and Childcare

Includes consultations and responses, early years development and childcare partnerships, good practice guides and reports from conferences and surveys

HEAS - Home Education Advisory Service

Support for home educators. Publications, advice, information, contacts, helpline

ICT in Schools - Information and Communications Technology

DfEE initiatives on ICT in schools. Includes access to survey results in primary, secondary and special schools

International Baccalaureate Organisation

Information about the organisation itself, as well as details of the primary, middle years and diploma programmes

ISIS - Independent Schools Information Service

Includes searchable database of member schools and information for non-UK residents (ISIS International)

Learning and Teaching Scotland

Formed 1 July 2000 by a merger of SCET (Scottish Council for Educational Technology) and the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum (Scottish CCC). Site still under development, but gives links to the SCET and SCCC sites for information about the Scottish school curriculum and educational technology in Scotland


Global internet curriculum projects for teachers and students - an initiative of the British Council, Australia.

National Curriculum Online

Information and the full text of the curriculum in England

Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA)

Information on the curriculum etc for Northern ireland

OCR - Oxford, Cambridge and; RSA examinations

Combining RSA, UCLES, Oxford and Cambridge, and Midland examining boards. Examinations and assessment for GCSE, AS and A-levels, and a wide range of vocational qualifications.

Qualifications Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales (ACCAC)

National Assembly for Wales's principal advisory body on all aspects of the school curriculum, examinations, assessment and vocational qualifications.

STABIS - State Boarding Schools Information Service

School directory and profiles. Site maintained by DfEE

QCA Education 3-16

Part of the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority site, includes information on the various stages of education during this period; baseline assessment; desirable outcomes; early learning goals; link to the International Review of Curriculum Assessment and Frameworks (INCA) 

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