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Global Quality Control for English Learner Programs (Language Magazine interview with Paul Fear)

21, May, 2018|

Original article can be found on the Language Magazine website at – https://www.languagemagazine.com/2018/05/17/global-quality-control-for-english-learner-programs/ British Accreditation Council (BAC) CEO Paul Fear explains the rationale behind the organization’s move into the accreditation of English language providers (ELPs) worldwide Language Magazine (LM): Why was BAC formed, and what sort of organizations are accredited? Paul Fear (PF): BAC was formed as a charity in 1984 by the British Council and UK Department of Education at a time when the [...]

BAC launches Updated Independent Higher Education Scheme

26, April, 2018|

On 23 April 2018, in London, the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education (BAC) released their updated and revised independent higher education (IHE) scheme. Developed to support and raise the quality of standards within the UK and international higher education institutions, a detailed review of the IHE scheme took place to ensure the standards remain up to date and applicable to developments in the higher education sector. The [...]

EFL and quality assurance. Does it matter?

28, March, 2018|

Article for FE News written by Paul Fear.  Original article can be found on the FE News website at – https://www.fenews.co.uk/featured-article/16495-efl-and-quality-assurance-does-it-matter Published 22 March 2018 1.75 billion people is a huge number, about 23% of the world’s population. That’s the number of people who can speak English to a ‘useful level’ and the numbers are growing fast. by 2020 the number of speakers is set to reach 2 billion. There are numerous reasons for [...]

El Gazette interview – An Inspector Calls

12, March, 2018|

Original article can be found on the ElGazette website at – http://digital.elgazette.com/march-2018/interview-an-inspector-calls.html Paul Fear tells Melanie Butler about a new accreditation scheme aiming to raise standards outside of the English speaking world ‘Accrediting EFL courses is not something we went looking for.’ Paul Fear, chief executive of the British Accreditation Council (BAC), is talking about the handful of English language course providers it accredits under its short courses scheme. But now there is the BAC’s new [...]

Study Travel Magazine: Interview with Paul Fear

5, February, 2018|

Original article can be found on the Study Travel Magazine website at - https://studytravel.network/magazine/news/2/20166 Paul Fear Published on 25/01/18 This week, we interview Paul Fear, CEO of the British Accreditation Council (BAC), about the association's activities and trends in the independent FE/HE sector in the UK. Firstly, can you give a little background on the British Accreditation Council (BAC)? The British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education is a charitable organisation registered [...]

Annual inspectors’ event

6, October, 2017|

On 4 October 2017, BAC held its annual inspectors’ up-date and training event in London. A total of 44 delegates attended from around the country. The lively discussions focused on the way that BAC’s accreditation inspections are planned and conducted with a view to ensuring that they remain robust and rigorous and fit for purpose. The feedback from the delegates was positive and the event also provided an excellent opportunity for [...]

BAC Higher Education Briefing

20, June, 2017|

Background This briefing is intended to provide a brief overview on the key provisions of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017 (thereafter referred to as the Act). The Act gained Royal Assent on the 27 April 2017 following consultation with the sector from the initial Green paper up to the committee, report and ‘ping pong’ stages in both Houses of Parliament. The General Election called by the Prime Minster for [...]

Competitive Collaboration – An overview of the INQAAHE conference “Between collaboration and competition: the promises and challenges for quality assurance in higher education”

6, March, 2017|

INQAAHE, the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies of Higher Education, holds an annual conference providing quality assurance agencies, universities and governmental educational departments with an opportunity to discuss the challenges of quality assurance in higher education. Held in Bahrain from the 27 February - 1 March 2017, BAC sent Alexandra Carr, Deputy Chief Executive, Diana Morriss, Chief Inspector and Hayley Boyes, Higher Education Manager to the 2017 conference. The event [...]

Qualifications for English Language providers

24, February, 2017|

As providers are looking to confirm the organisation of their summer schools, questions are being asked about what qualifications their English Language Teachers should hold. The following are considered by BAC as acceptable qualifications CELTA DELTA DELTAM TrintyCert TrintyDip QTS in English Language/ESOL It is possible that other TEFL qualifications could be accepted, but the emphasis would be on the training provider to ensure the course content that led to the TEFL [...]