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/participation) and mini-checks (language) to monitor your child's progress and actively encourage them to  work on their own learning. At the end of each course, young learner students get an end-of-course certificate of achievement.

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 himself.

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.

Keeping your child safe - our mobile device guidance

At the British Council UAE, students must use their mobile devices responsibly. By mobile devices, we mean:

Mobile and smartphones




Or any other technology that is able to access the internet.

Mobile devices are allowed in the teaching centre, but the British Council does not accept responsibility or liability for any lost, stolen or damaged devices.


  • Respect the privacy of staff, other students, and visitors in the teaching centre, and never use mobile devices in private areas, such as toilets.
  • Behave respectfully towards one another, and never use their mobile devices to hurt, bully or offend others.
  • Not take photos or make videos of other students or staff without their permission.
  • Not share, store or upload pictures/video onto the internet or social media, without the permission of staff and the people within the photo/video.
  • Tell a member of staff, if they see anyone breaking the rules, or if they are upset about anything they see online.
  • Not use mobile devices in lessons without the permission of the teacher 
  • Keep devices on silent mode in lessons, unless permission has been given by a staff member to turn the volume on.
  • Follow the rules of the teaching centre, and only use mobile devices when permitted. 

Please note: 

  • Staff may take away mobile devices if students break these rules. 
  • Parents/carers are encouraged to request young learners be responsible when using mobile devices.