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What’s in a name?

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Melanie Butler reveals how consistent British chains schools are by analysing their inspections results brand by brand.

‘The number on one rule of branding is brand consistency’. This marketing slogan does not just apply to the look of the product but to its quality. When I go into a McDonald’s I know what kind of hamburger I am going to get. If I order a burger in a Hilton hotel I expect something very different.

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The new British empire

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Setting up a branch abroad used to be an activity for only the bravest, boldest and best resourced independent schools in the UK, Irena Barker writes. 


Harrow School, alma mater of Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch and prime minister Winston Churchill, was the first to plant its flag in foreign lands – opening a campus in Bangkok, Thailand in 1998. It now has a ‘chain’ of four international schools in East Asia.

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A continent of polyglots

Melanie Butler takes a closer look at the latest Eurydice data, which gives a detailed picture of school-based language learning in Europe

Primary languages boom

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Figure 1: Starting ages at which the first and second foreign languages are compulsory subjects for all students, 2015/16

In Europe, language learning is seen as a basic skill, like reading or maths. Only two countries, Scotland and Ireland, do not make foreign languages compulsory in schools.

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China climbs amid the minus signs

Claudia Civinini analyses the latest gloomy (and not-so-gloomy) student number figures for UK English language schools

The weak pound has not saved the UK ELT industry from its third consecutive year of decline, figures from English UK show.
Increased competition between host countries, political uncertainty in Europe, Brexit and obstructive visa policies may have all conspired to cause the decline in 2016, the new report suggests.

Both student numbers and student weeks show a minus sign for private and state providers, and the same is true for staple source markets such as Italy and Spain.

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In for the Clil

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A snapshot survey reveals teacher training providers in the UK and Ireland are benefiting from a growing number ofcountries jumping on the Clil bandwagon.

When the French need to invent a name for something, you know it’s a success. Content and language integrated learning, commonly known as Clil – or Emile by the French – has been taking European primary and secondary schools by storm. Many countries now require secondary schools to teach some subjects in a foreign language (the most common is English) and similar projects are also run at primary level.

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