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August 2010 issue

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New UK vetting system phased in

A new scheme, aimed at regulating those that work directly within the UK’s youth sector, could impact upon provider recruitment processes, warn industry peers.

Officially launched in October last year the new Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) was the former government’s key response to the Bichard Enquiry, which followed a high profile child murder case in 2002. The report called for better information sharing between departments and agencies and compelled those that worked directly with under 18s and vulnerable adults to be appropriately checked and registered on a centralised database.

A collaboration between the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and overseen by the UK Home Office, the new scheme comprises two registers; one for those wishing to work with under 18s and one for those wishing to work with vulnerable adults. Those working in regulated activity either 1) frequently (once a week or more), 2) intensively (four times a month or more) and 3) overnight (between the hours of 2am and 6am) or as a regulated activity provider (RAPs) must be catalogued.

However, a French agent, who wished to remain anonymous, has warned the cost implications – all applicants must pay a one-off fee of £64 (US$93) – could well deter potential host families (a mainstay provider of care and accommodation for overseas students) from offering their services. “Each host family hosting, say an Italian, French or German teenager, even for a week, would have to register to the scheme at both a great cost and with a lengthy and complicated form filling process, which is going to deter almost all of the good host families,” he said. He was also sceptical about how companies outside of the UK would deal with the scheme’s logistics.

Mark Rendell from English UK said the response to the phasing in process had been somewhat mixed so far. “While English UK members and the families of vulnerable groups coming to the UK would welcome any sensible measures to strengthen safeguarding, the VBS is regarded by many as being a sledgehammer to crack a nut,” he admitted. However, he added that CRB applications had already increased by 40 per cent year-on-year in the run up to the new model.

Guardianship companies could also be affected by the new regulations, but Duncan Hume from White House Guardianships noted that this extra layer of protection can only be a good thing. “The sad fact is there is no official control over guardianship, which is horrific and surprising in this increasingly protective society,” he said. Richard Yudale from Alpha Plus Guardians shares in this philosophy and added, “There may be some reluctance to engage in the rather long-winded and intrusive process entailed by the ISA’s requirements, but as time goes on people will see it as a bonus that they will not have to complete a separate CRB form for every activity involving children.”

The phasing in process is said to have a five year timeframe.


Language school boomtown in Australia

Following the collapse of the Geos empire, two former employees have emerged triumphant from the furore by setting up their own English language schools in Australia.

Cairns College of English – formerly Geos Cairns College of English – has reopened its doors as a locally owned facility. Ueli Stauffer, former Geos Principal Administrator, alongside a private investor, has taken over the day-to-day running of the campus with core staff members also reprising their former roles.

The facility closed down in January with 20 members of staff and 150 students affected. However, Stauffer asserted that the school was already on the road to recovery with 20 students from seven different countries already enrolled on courses at the school. Strong forward student bookings were also forecast for the winter season (July/August), he added.

The college, which is currently reapplying for Cricos accreditation, is presently accepting non-student-visa-carrying applicants only but Stauffer added he expected Cricos approval to be confirmed by the end of this month or early September.

Elsewhere, Natalie Johnston, who worked for both Geos Perth and Geos Queensland College of English, has opened a boutique style English language school in Burleigh Heads on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Johnston confirmed that the language school, which is in its 10th month of operation, has applied for and received Cricos accreditation. She added, “Having worked for a big chain for many years, across two states, a lot can be said for the quality and style of owner operator ventures…so when the stars aligned, together with partners Larissa Owen and Chris Johnston, MyEnglish was born!”


Five schools join the ranks of QE

Quality English (QE), the English language school grouping, has welcomed five new institutions into its membership fold.

Southbourne School of English in Southbourne, UK; Capital School of English in Bournemouth, UK; Mackenzie School of English in Edinburgh, UK; Liverpool International Language Academy (Lila) in Liverpool, UK and Point3 Language Centre in Montreal, Canada join to make a 45-strong membership.

The group has also been busy organising several missions to parts of Latin America. Santiago in Chile and Buenos Aires in Argentina hosted two key agent events back in March with eight QE schools meeting a total of 36 agent representatives. “All the schools were very good and I had already been in contact with some of them so it was a great opportunity to meet them in person,” said Monica Di Santi from E1-network.com.


New UK chain born

Three independent language school owners in the UK have joined forces to create a chain of boutique schools collectively known as the Language in Group (LinG).

Totnes School of English in the UK and Annalivia School of English in Ireland will join Language in London to become Language in Totnes and Language in Dublin respectively this September.

According to Stuart Rubenstein, Owner of Language in London, the amalgamation was borne out of a mutual ambition to offer something new and challenging in today’s competitive marketplace. He explained, “Firstly, there are obvious economies of scale by forming a group, allowing us immediately to take on more staff and jointly fund a new website. The second reason was that we work well as a team, with different skills and ideas and combining our talents has already enabled us to move forward more quickly than we could ever have done alone.”

Alongside Margie Barker, Principal of Language in Totnes and Kevin Kelly, Principal of Language in Dublin, the three pioneers share a wealth of experience; something agent partners will find reassuring, noted Kelly. “We want to help our agent partners by giving them something new and interesting to sell, which they can trust immediately because between the three of us we can count over 40 years in this industry,” he said.

An official launch is scheduled for September with new brochures and a collaborative website said to be in the pipeline. A revised academic structure – Rubenstein noted that the current curriculum would be streamlined entirely – would take a fresh look on book-based general English.
Rubenstein added that long-term the group hoped to grow its membership even further by welcoming new schools into the LinG fold. “The plan is, and has to be, to expand,” he affirmed.


NZ school liable for pay-out

The ex-boss of a language school in New Zealand, has been awarded NZ$190,000 (US$127,000) after an employment tribunal found him to have been unjustifiably dismissed.

David Page was stripped of his job as Regional Director of Geos New Zealand at a conference in 2008 and sacked from his post as head of Geos Auckland by email in April 2009. Page launched the unfair dismissal claim against Japanese firm Geos corporation, which has since gone into liquidation with debts of NZ$121 million (US$81). The three Geos schools in New Zealand have been taken over by New Zealand Language Centres Ltd, which are now liable for the pay-out.

Director, Justin Mastoyo said, “We are concerned about the determination of the Employment Relations Authority and as a result will be challenging the determination in the employment court.”


Fourth US school for EC

English language teaching chain, EC, has launched a new centre in San Francisco, CA, in the USA.

A brand new development, EC San Francisco will consist of 16 classrooms that surround a central lounge where students can congregate to chat or make use of Wi-Fi facilities.

EC Executive Chairman, Andrew Mangion, noted that the new school was a proud addition to the chain’s growing repertoire. “Opening a fourth EC school in the USA and a ninth destination internationally is a proud moment for our organisation and we look forward to seeing more of these moments in the future,” he said.

Cindy Barns Ochoa, Centre Director, added that the school’s location in the heart of downtown San Francisco makes for an “incredible learning environment” and the campus itself is only a short walk from local landmarks such as Union Square, Market Street, the Ferry Building and the waterfront.

The chain has also started to flex its muscles in the Latin Ameican market by acquiring a 50 per cent stake in Argentine Spanish language centre, Expanish.

Set up by entrepreneurs Agustin Vignale and Alejandro Rched in 2006, the school provides Spanish immersion programmes in Buenos Aires as well as volunteer placements.


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The following language schools, associations and accommodation providers advertised in the latest edition of Language Travel Magazine. If you would like more information on any of these advertisers, tick the relevant boxes, fill out your details and send.

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Country

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ACCOMMODATION
Britannia Student
      Services  

AGENCIES
Boa Lingua  
Direkt Sprachreisen  
ESL-Language
      Studies Abroad  
Mundo Joven  

ASSOCIATIONS/
GROUPS
English Australia
Feltom
Groupement FLE
IALC International
International House
      World Organisation
MEI Ireland
Quality English

EVENTS
Alphe Conferences  

EXAM BOARDS
Cambridge Esol  
IELTS  
Pearson Education  
Trinity College
      London  

INSURANCE
PROVIDERS
Dr. Walter GmbH  
Student Guard
      Insurance  
Unicare  

SERVICES
InTouch
ICEF Agent
      Training
LTM Digital

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
      Authority  

WORK EXPERIENCE
Australian
      Internships  
Twin Group  

AUSTRALIA
Ability Education
English Language
      Company  
Shafston
      International
      College

BELGIUM
CERAN Lingua
      International  

CANADA
CSLI  
ECSL  
ILAC - International
      Language Academy
       of Canada  
LSC Language
      Studies Canada  
Point 3 Language
      Center  
Richmond School
      District #38  
Stewart College
       of Languages  
Vancouver English
      Centre  

COSTA RICA
International House
      Costa Rica  
WAYRA Spanish
      School  

ENGLAND
Anglolang  
Beet Language
      Centre  
British Study
      Centres  
Cambridge Academy
      Of English  
Cambridge
      Education Group  
CATS Cambridge  
Capital School of
      English  
Churchill House  
Devon School Of
      English  
Discovery Summer  
Eastbourne School
      Of English  
Eckersley Oxford  
English Language
      Centre Brighton &
      Hove  
Frances King School
      of English  
Hampstead School
      of English  
ILS English  
International
      House London  
Kaplan Aspect  
Lake School of
      English  
Lewis School of
      English  
Liverpool International
      Language Academy
Living Learning
      English  
(The) London School
       of English  
Millfield School  
Kings Colleges
      (Prime Education)  
Queen Ethelburgas
      College  
Shakespeare
      College  
SKOLA  
Southbourne School
      of English  
Spinnaker College  
Stafford House
      Study Holidays  
St Giles Colleges  
Study Group  
University of
      Essex -
      International
      Academy  
Wickham Court
      School  
Wimbledon School
      of English  

FRANCE
Accent Francais  
Alpha B Institut Linguistique  
CLE  
College International
      de Cannes  
Ecole PERL  
Ecole Suisse
      Internationale  
Education En
      France  
France Langue  
Idiom  
Institut de Langue
      et de Culture
      Françaises - ILCF  
International House  
Institut Europeen
      de Francais  
Institut de Langue
      et de Culture  
Langue Onze  
LSF Montpellier  
Lyon Bleu
      International  
Media Langues
      Caraibes  
Paris Langues  

GERMANY
International House
      Berlin - Prolog  

IRELAND
ATC Language
      and Travel  
Atlantic Language
      Galway  
Galway Cultural
      Institute  
The Linguaviva
      centre  

ITALY
Babilonia  
Scuola Leonardo
      Da Vinci  

JAPAN
Genki Japanese
      and Culture School
Kai Japanese
      Language School  

MALTA
Clubclass Residential
      Language School  
Global Village
      English Centre  
LAL Language
      Centres  

NEW ZEALAND
Languages
      International
      Christchurch  
Rotorua English
      Language Academy
      (RELA)  
Worldwide School
      of English  

PANAMA
EPA! Espanol en
      Panama  

PORTUGAL
CIAL- Centro de
      Linguas  

SCOTLAND
EAC Language
      Centres and
      Activity Camps.  

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Engilsh
      Language School  
EC Cape Town  
Eurocentres Cape
      Town  
Good Hope Studies  
inlingua Language
      Training Centre
      Cape Town  
Interlink School
       
of Languages  
International House
      Cape Town  
Kurus English CC  
LAL Cape Town  

SPAIN
Escuela de
      Idiomas Nerja  
Malaca Instituto -
      Club Hispanico SL

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
      Colleges Ltd  
ESL Ecole Suisses
      de Langues  

USA
Boston School of
      
Modern Languages
Rennert  
University of
      California San
      Diego
Zoni Language
      Centers




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