Parent reading English book
Parent reading English picture book to his children © British Council

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.

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 course books, 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 - this helps children stay active and focused throughout the lesson. Different children learn in different ways – some through seeing, some through listening, some through moving around - so a variety of activities will make sure all children learn well.

Assessment and progress

We will:

  • use continuous assessment (skills and participation) and mini-checks (language) to monitor your child's progress and actively encourage them to reflect on their own learning. At the end of each course, parents of young learner students will get a report on their child’s progress.

We’d like you to:

  • talk to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress or participation.


We will:

  • give your child homework every week to support what they have done in class
  • check the homework in the next lesson.

We’d like you to:

  • make sure your child does their homework before their next lesson.

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.

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
  • only let your child go home alone if you have told us they can 
  • only let your child go home with the people you have told us about
  • speak to you if your child has hurt him/herself.

We’d like you to:

  • bring and collect your child on time
  • let us know if your child will be absent for one or more lessons.

You can find out more about this on the Child protection policy page.

Child collection policy

Every child is important to us and you can be sure that we value, respect and take care of them for your security and peace of mind. We want you and your children to feel safe with us at the British Council and enjoy the learning experience. 

According to our global policy all children under the age of 11 should be dropped off and collected from lessons by a parent/guardian or a sibling 14 years old or older. Children over 11 years of age may only leave the premises alone if consent is given by the parents. All children will be issued with a ‘Photo card’ at the beginning of the course which must be shown every time the child arrives and leaves to verify this. 

Learning at home

Getting involved in your child’s learning can have a positive impact upon both their attitude and the speed at which they learn. When parents help their children outside of the classroom, there are real benefits for children’s achievement inside the classroom.

British Council educational experts have developed LearnEnglish Kids website in order to support both, children and parents. We hope you enjoy using these webpages with your child.

Our LearnEnglish Kids website includes:

  • learning and practice materials for kids, e.g. games, songs, videos, jokes, stories, crafts and lots of other online activities
  • guidance, tips and useful information for parents

Find out more on LearnEnglish Kids website.