We work with British schools in Spain to ensure quality and provide their certicates for the Spanish authorities. We also work with Spanish schools through teacher training programmes with local authorities. You can find out more about this in our work with government section.  

We work in partnership with many schools to deliver extra curricular English classes for students.

Our online platforms give teachers the opportunity to access training programmes, and our conferences provide opportunities for sharing, learning and development. You can find more detailed information on how we work with schools in Spain in the sections below.

British Schools in Spain

Under Spanish legislation, all British schools must have a certicate from a competent British authority to operate. In Spain the British Council is the offically recognised authority to carry out this process.  We issue a certificate of authorisation to schools which have successfully completed an inspection.  This certificate is renewable from every two to six years and certifies that the school is meeting the English National Curriculum and other educational standards. This ensures quality of teaching and provides a recognised quality assurance system for parents and Spanish Education Authorities alike. 

There are various types of inspections available, all are managed and certified by the British Council.

Apply for inspection

You can find a list of inspection providers in the UK which have been approved by the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) to inspect British Schools overseas. Schools in Spain may use any of these inspectorates and will receive the authorisation from the British Council if the outcome of the inspection is either full or temporary. 

British schools in Spain can apply for inspection via the current National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS) inspection system on their website.   The Inspection system is the result of collaboration between the British Council, NABBS, independent expert consultancy from British Inspectors, OFSTED and the Department for Education. 

Certificates cost €200 pus VAT and are only issued once payment and a copy of the successful inspection report has been received by the British Council.  

Thinking about opening a British school or nursery in Spain?

Please contact us at education@britishcouncil.es for further information or look at the guidance for new schools on the NABSS website.  

Please note that new school applications include CRB checks for the Senior Management Team.  These checks are carried out by the British Council and cost 300€ + VAT in Madrid and 800€ + VAT outside of Madrid.  This includes travel and accommodation costs.  

Marketing opportunities for British Schools in Spain

We invite every British school and institutions offering British qualifications the chance to exhibit at our annual British Education Fairs. The 2014 editions will take place in Madrid on 23 and 24 of October and in Barcelona on 25 October. Please note that stands will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For further information on any of our Education Services please contact our Education Department.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Partnering with schools overseas

Our Schools Online platform gives schools all over the world the chance to develop international partnerships. Our platfom has over 40,000 registered teachers in 180 countries. Bringing the world into your classrooms helps bring important global issues alive for students, fosters global citizenship and can contribute significantly to teacher development. By registering to use our Schools Online platform schools, teachers and students can benefit from:

  • access to classroom resources on global themes like sustainable living and rights and responsibilities
  • free theme based activity packs to work on in class with or without a partner school
  • free online courses for teachers like "Sustainable partnerships" and "English for International Exchange" to help improve English language skills for partnership working

We look forward to welcoming you. Please register here for British Council Schools Online.

English classes at your school

Some of our centres in Spain deliver English classes in schools, universities or to centres for young learners. The centres that currently offer this are in Madrid Young Learners, Madrid Somosaguas, Barcelona Bonanova, Valencia and Bilbao.

If you would like to find out more about working in collaboration with us please contact us or your local centre for more information.

Let's Clan: teaching English through cartoons

There is lots of advice and ideas for helping 3-6 year olds learn English at home and in the classrooms using their favourite Clan TV programmes.  Have you ever really stopped to think just how much young children can learn from watching their favourite cartoons  in English? We have!  

"Young children can get so much out of watching favourite cartoons in English with their parents.  Not only do cartoons capture the attention of young learners , they are highly motiviating too! Sentences are simple and complete, there is lots of repititon and they are a natural model for intonation, pronunciation & stress." 
- Suzanne Anderson, Early Year's Expert
British Council Spain

British Council and Radiotelevisión Española have been working together since June 2013 on the Let's Clan initiative which helps promote and support learning English from a young age both at home and in the classroom.  

Our Early Year's expert Suzanne Anderson explains...

 But what if parents don't feel confident about watching cartoons in English with their children or don't feel their level of English is good enough?

"We've prepared some great guides to help parents get the most out of watching great series like Peppa Pig and Pocoyo. The guides highlight common vocabulary, phrases and outline situations viewers will come across in the series.  Plus the guides give great tips and advice for making viewing more interactive!" 

Don't forget that we also have a Let's Clan guide for teachers which can be downloaded for free.  

You can find out more about the benefits to language learning of watching TV in English with early years students in the British Council "Reinforcing English Language Learning through Television.  (Please note this article is available in Spanish only). 

Visit the Let's Clan website to find out more.