Hilary Parnall, who passed away recently
British Council pays tribute to Hilary Parnall

The British Council has paid tribute to former Chief Inspector of its accreditation scheme, Hilary Parnall, who passed away on April 13th.

Hilary joined the British Council's accreditation team as an inspector in 1988, when it was the English Language Schools Recognition Scheme, and then served as Chief Inspector from 1994 to 2015.


In a statement, the British Council said, "In her capacity as Chief Inspector of the Accreditation Scheme, she was committed to the cause of improving quality of the teaching of English as a foreign language in Britain. In her overseas consultancy work for the British Council, she sought to improve the quality of teaching overseas and to enhance the reputation of the British Council through providing advice on setting up accreditation schemes."


As well as working for the British Council, she had a varied career in the ELT industry as a teacher, manager, teacher trainer, assessor, materials writer and consultant.


"In her earlier times, she was a Chief Inspector for the RSA Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and involved in teacher training at the Regent School, where she was Principal. At this time, she also sat on the ARELS Committee. Subsequently, she was a teacher trainer at the Institute of Education in London and involved in the early piloting of online training," said the British Council.


"There were very few formal qualifications in English language teaching when Hilary started in the profession, and she made a huge contribution to establishing high-standard training and evaluation of that training."


The association added, "Her contribution to UK ELT has been invaluable, but she will be remembered most by her colleagues and the ELT sector for her gentleness, supportiveness and patience. We will all miss her very much."



By Matthew Knott

News Editor