Britannica's parent company, Orbital Education Announces Evaluation Partnership with The Bell Foundation's Language for Results International Programme.

Language difficulties are often cited as the most critical issue facing students in international schools today. Settling into a new school can be daunting; imagine how much more challenging it becomes when you don’t understand the language you are being taught in and can’t speak it well enough to make new friends.

With schools located across the globe educating children of more than 100 nationalities, the vast majority of Orbital’s students are second, third or even fourth language English speakers. In order to ensure that every child can succeed, developing an outstanding provision for students with English as an Additional Language (EAL) is essential. In turn, this means that our teachers have to have the best training available to become excellent teachers of those non-native English speakers who attend our schools.

We are proud to have established a relationship with The Bell Foundation to provide Continuing Professional Development training courses, informed by evidence and developed by experts in language education. Our teachers and teaching assistants have embarked upon the Language for Results International training programme to develop their expertise and we are committed to ensuring that all of our schools become fully accredited.

Commenting on the programme’s launch David Pottinger, CEO of Orbital Education said “We are committed to delivering outstanding education across the group. With our diverse student body, it is essential that we become experts in adapting our curriculum and our methodology to the linguistic needs of our learners . The partnership with The Bell Foundation ensures that our teachers have access to the very best training in this area.”

About Orbital Education

UK headquartered Orbital Education owns and operates a growing group of international schools across the globe that cater for students between the ages of 2 and 18 years. It specialises in delivering the English National Curriculum, enhanced to meet the needs of an internationally diverse student population.

In 2019, Orbital Education was one of a select group of companies chosen to receive the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of its excellence and innovation in international trade. This followed Orbital’s recognition as one of the Companies to Inspire Britain in 2018.