The British Council has been teaching English to young learners for over 75 years. We provide children and teenagers with a safe, supportive and stimulating learning environment.

We know that language learning is most effective when learners enjoy themselves and participate fully in lessons. We also know that children learn best when their parents are interested and involved in their learning process.

Parents must be present when an under 18 re-registers.

How we teach

We will:

  • Teach your child with others of a similar age and level
  • Use a variety of materials to help your child learn, including coursebooks, games and other challenging projects and activities
  • Give your child lots of opportunities to use the language they are learning by speaking with other children and by practising a range of skills. This helps build their confidence and improves their grades at school
  • Use a range of different activities in each lesson to help children stay active and focused throughout the lesson. Different children learn in different ways as some learn through seeing, some through listening or through moving around - so a variety of activities will make sure all children learn well

Assessment & Progress

We will:

  • Monitor your child's progress and  actively encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning by getting them involved in the assessment system. Your child will complete a series of spoken and written outcomes during their course (please refer to the syllabus) and both the teacher and student will assess their performance in these. Written assignments will be taken home for you to see
  • Give students a progress report at the end of each term. We expect our young learners to remain in the same level for around one year, and will always contact you directly if we believe a level change is needed

We would like you to:

  • Talk to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress or participation. Please do this by contacting Customer Services who will liaise with the teacher on your behalf
  • Come to the parent/teacher consultations where you will have the opportunity to speak to the teacher and discuss your child's progress. These will be at the end of each term and we will SMS parents about specific times, so please make sure we have the correct number with which to contact you

Homework

We will:

  • Give your child homework every week to support what they have done in class

We’d like you to:

  • Encourage your child to do their homework before their next lesson
  • Encourage children who wish to do further learning to use the BritishCouncilKids or BritishCouncilTeens website

Keeping Your Child Happy – Our Behaviour Policy

Our rules:

  • Follow instructions.
  • Listen to teachers, staff and other students
  • Let everybody contribute and take part in classroom activities
  • Keep everybody safe
  • Do not bully or intimidate others

We will:

  • Teach children that everybody is welcome and important at the British Council
  • Teach children about good classroom behaviour
  • Speak to your child when their behaviour is disruptive and explain to them why their behaviour is a problem. If your child's behaviour does not improve, we will speak to you about this and if they continue to behave badly, we may ask you to stop sending your child to classes
  • Only discuss your child’s behaviour with you (not other parents)

We’d like you to:

  • Work with us to help your child follow these rules

Keeping Your Child Safe – Our Child Protection Policy

We will:

  • Look after your child from when they arrive until you collect them
  • Children aged 6-10 years are not permitted to leave the premises alone. They must be collected by a parent or guardian from our designated collection point at the front of the building
  • Children or teenagers aged 11 years or older are only permitted to leave the premises alone if parental consent has been given in writing. Otherwise, they must be collected by the parent or guardian
  • Speak to you if your child has hurt him or herself

We’d like you to:

  • Bring and collect your child on time (no more than 30 minutes before/after class or their social event) using the designated pick up point at the front of the building.
  • Let us know if your child will be absent for one or more lesson
  • Inform us of any illness your child may have such as asthma