A unique international validation service for language schools to guarantee quality.


The Language Learning industry is truly global. In every corner of the world. There is soaring demand for organisations that can provide English lessons. Anyone can open a language school nowadays and hire native speaker teachers, but how can anyone be sure of the quality of learning in a school, or have an idea about the standards they should expect?

Our validation service is the answer to these questions. IGL is based in Cambridge, UK and consists of a team of education experts and specialists who provide forward thinking organisations around the world with a guarantee of quality through their approved organisation scheme.

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Organisations which we have inspected receive a mark of quality that assures their clients that the teaching, the environment and the organisation conform to international standards of quality learning.

Our inspection is thorough. We inspect premises, check qualifications, check the publicity, observe lessons, talk to staff and students and other stakeholders and we look at results. At the end of the inspection phase we deliver an inspection report for the organisation which it can choose to have published on our website.

Inspected sites, which subscribe to our scheme carry our mark of quality.

Our inspections are there to help. We work with organisations to establish action plans and we stay in contact to see them carried out. We discuss strategies for growth and offer independent advice on all aspects of the language learning business. Our mark of quality is sign of the maturity of an organisation.


Cambridge IGL Validation is the best way to know how good you are.

Our inspection process gives you a full and detailed analysis of your business’s practice. Our validation standards match your programmes against a set of international standards for teaching and learning, management and resources, the rooms, learning spaces and the resources for learning.

Our meticulous and detailed inspection of your organisation confirms to you that everything is going well and tells you how you compare against international standards. It safeguards your organisation for a sustainable plan for growth.


Our accreditation guarantees quality.

For your potential students, reading our IGL Validation report provides them with an external, independent assurance that you do what you say. For a person looking for a course, IGL Validation offers an objective measurement of your publicity and your successes. A Cambridge IGL Validation mark on your publicity will give them the confidence to select your organisation and the courses you offer over other providers who have no such guarantees.


Our validation scheme is an independent assurance of your quality.

Our rigorous and regular inspections mean that that they can have confidence in your programmes and working with you. Our kite mark is a guarantee of the quality of your service and an endorsement of your capacity to partner other organisations.


Our inspections assure that a participating organisation meets or exceeds a set of published quality standards for management, resources and environment, teaching, welfare and publicity. Inspectors will observe all teachers at least once, interview staff and students and other stakeholders to satisfy themselves that the organisation can be validated by Cambridge IGL.

To meet the standards for IGL validation an organisation must have:

  • Appropriately qualified teachers
  • Teaching which meets the international standards set out in our scheme
  • A human resources policy which meets international standards
  • Appropriate study materials and resources, and a teaching and learning policy
  • Safe premises, with properly-equipped classrooms and areas for relaxation
  • Brochures and publicity materials which accurately reflect what the organisation provides
  • Proper management procedures, known to staff and students
  • A health and safety policy and established emergency procedures which are known to all staff and students
  • Evidence of a legal and statutory right to exist in the country where business is carried out

If the organisation provides accommodation this must also match the descriptions in the publicity material and inspectors will make visits to such accommodation as part of the inspection process.


Cambridge IGL Validation is an independent body which provides objective inspections to safeguard the quality and effectiveness of language education organisations world-wide. It is to the best of our knowledge the only provider of validation service of international standard for language organisations in the world.

Our inspectors are selected on the basis of their international experience and are carefully vetted for their professionalism and commitment to improving education. Cambridge IGL Validation is not an arm of the government, but an independent inspectorate.

Our inspection process involves:

  • Full inspections of every centre every two years
  • Re-inspections of all new centres within 18 months
  • Random spot-check inspections
  • Inspections carried out by ELT-specialist inspectors
  • Inspection reports moderated by a committee of experts
  • Publicly available inspection criteria, specific to the needs of international students of English
  • Inspection report summaries and full inspection reports which can be published by the organisation
  • Allowed to use the mark of quality on your materials


The reports include statistics and a description of the organisation (profile and introduction) and evaluates the organisation’s provision against a set of inspection criteria in three key areas:

  • The management of the organisation: is the organisation run for the benefit of the students and in a way that enables learning to take place? Does the actual day to day running of the centre match what is said in the publicity and pre course information?
  • Resources and environment: is the building and are the classrooms set up safely and with the purpose of learning in mind? Is the organisation properly resourced with properly maintained equipment and with materials to allow teachers to prepare and students to learn?
  • Teaching and learning: are the teachers qualified and are the lessons and learning materials prepared and designed to effect learning? Is there a curriculum? How is progress measured? detailed comments and a summary for each section



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