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Contact InformationPaige Harvey - PR & Social Media Executive
Tel: +44 (0)1349 800 600
Address: The TEFL Org, 18 Alexander Place, Inverness, IV3 5BX
The TEFL Org latest news
TEFL and English Proficiency Around the World
The 2018 edition of EF Education First’s English Proficiency Index has recently been published, providing valuable insight into English language ability around the world. The index analysed test results from 1.3 million EF SET (Standard English Test) takers and used the data to rank the English language skills of 88 countries and regions, tracking improvements, declines,…Read more
10th Birthday Quiz Night in Support of ActionAid UK
On Thursday the 4th of October, we celebrated TEFL Org’s 10th birthday with an international- themed pub quiz at the Mercure Hotel in Inverness. To put our birthday celebrations to good use, we raised funds for our Charity of the Year – ActionAid UK. Through ticket sales, raffle tickets and donation tins we managed to…Read more
It’s our 10th Birthday!
This October, TEFL Org will be celebrating its 10th birthday! In honour of our birthday, we thought we would look back on the company’s beginnings whilst also reflecting on what we have been up to over the last 10 years! Background After spending some time in Greece and France in the 90s teaching English as…Read more
TEFL Org’s 2018 Charity of the Year: ActionAid
TEFL Org is delighted to announce ActionAid as our Charity of the Year for 2018. ActionAid was chosen by our team for its incredible work in supporting women and girls, to gain access to life opportunities through education, fair working conditions and equal rights in some of the world’s developing nations. All customers will have…Read more
World Teachers’ Day
Today is World Teachers’ Day, a day to commemorate the vital contribution that teachers all around the world make to the lives of so many. There are 1,500 million English learners in the world – a huge number, especially when you consider that the second most learned language is French, at 82 million. We’ve trained thousands…Read more
The TEFL Org’s aim is to provide anyone who speaks English fluently with the chance to teach English abroad. The company offers a flexible and varied form of training designed to suit anyone’s budget or schedule.
The TEFL Org has continued to grow ever since its launch, and is seeking to break new ground in China and in the United States after establishing itself as the leading TEFL course provider in the UK.
The TEFL Org was formed initially in 2008 as TEFL Scotland, founded by Joe Hallwood and Jennifer Mackenzie. The pair met while teaching English in Greece and married each other. After years of teaching across the UK and Europe decided to form their own training provider to share their experience and knowledge of TEFL with other budding teachers.
The organisation was initially based out of a garden shed at the bottom of the founders’ garden, but quickly recruited staff and grew to be a force within the UK TEFL industry.
In the years after, TEFL England, TEFL Wales and TEFL Courses Ireland were formed to provide the same high-quality training courses in other parts of the British Isles.
In 2013, The TEFL Org was formed as a merger of the TEFL Scotland, TEFL England and TEFL Wales brands, bringing together the expertise of tutors and teacher trainers from across the UK.
The company has also secured contracts with China’s largest English-language newspaper, China Daily, to help provide training and courses for their annual English speaking competition – which draws over 500,000 entrants every year.
This year, the company has embarked on an ambitious re-development of their course line-up to use a state-of-the-art bespoke learning system and incorporate the most up-to-date English language teaching (ELT) theory.
In August 2017 the company launched in the United States to provide a dedicated range of courses to the American market.
The TEFL Org has continually broken new ground as a Highland-based company, online business and a leading figure in the UK TEFL industry and looks forward to continuing to do so in the years to come.
Jennifer Mackenzie, Co-founder and Managing Director
IoD Scotland Director of the year (Medium-sized Business 2016) and HBW Business Woman of the Year 2017
Jennifer Mackenzie started her teaching career in Greece after completing a Politics degree at the University of Paisley. After working in the civil service on her return to the UK, she co-founded TEFL Scotland with her experience in administration and management helping ensure the company’s success in running and selling courses across the UK.
Ms Mackenzie has spearheaded the company’s recent launch in the United States and also oversees the development and operations of the company in the UK and Ireland. This has helped grow the company’s customer base to over 8,000 students per year and increase our range of classroom venues to 35 around the world.
She has written regularly for The Scotsman and a quarterly column in The Herald’s business supplement. Jennifer is known for her interest in developing tech skills in the future workforce and how to encourage more young women into digital, and is frequently invited to participate in working groups with governmental and educational agencies. She has recently taken on her first volunteer board position with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Inverness and Highlands.
Joe Hallwood, Co-founder and Director
Joe Hallwood started his teaching career in Greece, after completing a Philosophy degree and working in a tax office in Hull. Looking for a more inspiring line of work, Mr Hallwood turned to teaching to find fulfilment, and found a lifelong career.
After meeting future wife Jennifer while teaching, the pair spent time teaching Business English in France before returning to the UK to work for a large travel volunteer operator.
It was then that Mr Hallwood co-founded TEFL Scotland, which would go on to become The TEFL Org, with his experience in e-commerce, course development and teacher training playing a role in launching the company’s web presence.
Mr Hallwood is responsible for international development and is directing the company’s involvement in China. This includes participating as a judge in China Daily’s national English-speaking competition, which draws over 500,000 entrants per year, as well as producing courses for both English ability and English teaching.
Alan Moir, Sales & Marketing Manager
Alan Moir graduated from the University of Stirling with a degree in Marketing and Spanish, and then subsequently completed a TEFL course with a view to teaching in Spain.
After spending two years teaching there in Galicia, he returned to the UK to work for The TEFL Org and help others achieve their teaching dreams.
Mr Moir has worked with the company for five years, overseeing the growth of the company’s marketing efforts and its dominant position online as the UK’s leading TEFL course provider.
Thomas Kerr, Online Courses Manager
Thomas Kerr worked in several fields including banking and finance before settling on teaching as his career path. He undertook a TEFL course in London before settling in Spain and undertaking a Trinity Diploma in TEFL and Master’s degrees in Education Leadership and in Linguistics. He has over 30 years of experience in the TEFL industry working with prestigious schools and organisations such as the British Council and Cambridge English.
Joining TEFL Scotland shortly after its launch in 2008, Mr Kerr helped in the development of the company’s courses and ensuring their delivery in both classroom and online environments.
Mr Kerr is the Online Courses Manager at The TEFL Org and oversees the assessment and support of thousands of students while they complete their online TEFL courses.
Mr Kerr has been heavily involved in the re-development of The TEFL Org’s course line-up and bringing the latest developments in English language teaching into the state-of-the-art learning platform.
Want to find out a bit more about what The TEFL Org does to help others in the local community and around the world? Visit our CSR page for updates about our charity involvement and donations.
Meet the team
Meet the wonderful people that make up the The TEFL Org team.
TEFL courses train people to become English teachers. With a qualification from an accredited TEFL organisation such as The TEFL Org, students can go on to teach English in countries around the world, with popular destinations including in East Asia, Middle East and South America.
These courses take place either over two days on a weekend or three days on weekdays in locations across the UK, Ireland and Spain. Courses are delivered by experienced tutors with experience of teaching English abroad, and are designed to be fun, informal and interactive so that students become comfortable with the methodologies of TEFL.Find out more about what's included on our classroom courses
The TEFL Org’s online courses have been designed by industry experts with decades of English teaching and training experience. These courses go into great detail and give students an in-depth and interactive.
The TEFL Org’s courses have all been recently re-developed from scratch to provide a modern, state-of-the-art online learning experience with over 40 hours of video content and bespoke learning software.View our online course options
The TEFL Org offer a wide range of courses for students to achieve the teaching qualification that suits their budget, schedule and teaching aspirations.
Students can opt for a classroom course, online course or a combined course which includes both classroom and online learning. The TEFL Org also offer advanced TEFL courses in specialised areas of English teaching so that students can further their knowledge and enhance their teaching CVs.View all course options
The TEFL Org have connections with some of the most well-known employers in English language teaching, such as English First in China, Korean Horizons in South Korea, Meddeas in Spain and the English Language Company in Vietnam.
The TEFL Org offer lifetime access to their exclusive TEFL Jobs Centre for students to find teaching roles after they have completed their course. They also offer CV-checking and other guidance on finding work in the TEFL industry.
The TEFL Org is one of the highest-rated TEFL course providers in the UK, with fantastic feedback from thousands of students. See a selection of reviews below:
The TEFL Org’s 2016 Graduate Survey found that 80% of course graduates that went on to look for a TEFL job were able to secure work.
The survey also found a diverse range of customers looking to take courses including students, career breakers and retirees.
Over 20% of students do not have English as their native language but are looking to teach English to others, showing the international attraction that The TEFL Org courses have.Check out some of our students' adventures on our blog
The TEFL Org is accredited by the British Accreditation Council. The BAC has accredited the company as an online, distance and blended learning provider. has over two decades worth of experience in accrediting further and higher education courses.
The TEFL Org is accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council. The ODLQC has existed for over four decades and has rigorous accreditation standards to ensure distance learning is delivered with quality instruction and high level of support.
The TEFL Org is an SQA Approved Centre. The SQA is the national body in Scotland responsible for the development, accreditation, assessment and certification of qualifications other than degrees. We have been approved by SQA to deliver the first part (Language and Learning in ESOL F43X 33) of Unit 1 (PDA Introduction to tutoring ESOL); an SQA accredited course.
Company Accreditation and Memberships
Scottish Living Wage
The TEFL Org is an accredited Scottish Living Wage employer, ensuring that the company commits to rewarding employees with a living wage.
Investors in People
The TEFL Org is an accredited Investors in People organisation and works hard to realise the potential of their staff by providing training and other personal development opportunities to staff.
Investors in Young People
The TEFL Org was given the “Good Practice Award” by Investors in Young People in 2015 as recognition for the company’s commitment to employees under the age of 25.Find out more about our accreditation
The TEFL Org shortlisted for Ecommerce Export Award
APCRG Constituency Responsible Business Champion (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)
The TEFL Org Managing Director shortlisted for 2 national awards
The TEFL Org Director wins IoD Medium Businesses Director of the Year
The TEFL Org Managing Director scoops Business Woman of the Year at Highland Business Women Awards
The TEFL Org shortlisted for 2 Scottish Export Adwards
The TEFL Org Wins at Herald Scotland #Digibiz Awards 2016
The TEFL Org Director, Jennifer Hallwood, announced as Regional Director of the Year
Jennifer Hallwood nominated for Digital Business Award at Business Woman Scotland Awards
The TEFL Org wins E-commerce Award at The Herald Scottish Business Awards
Highland Business Awards 2013 - Finalist
FSB and Streamline UK Business Awards 2013 - Finalist
Scottish Business Awards 2013 - Finalist
IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards 2012 - Finalist
Read more about our awards
Co-founder Joe Hallwood is TEFL expert for The Guardian. You can read his articles on The Guardian website for TEFL hints and tips as well as his opinion regarding the TEFL industry and its development.
Below you can view our other media coverage, organised by year. Just click the header to view the coverage.
- Media coverage 2018A world of good: volunteering opportunities
Language of success: Teaching English abroads leads to global opportunities Schools Week – International schools to recruit more UK teachers
The Times - Great Escape: 20 top gap-year trips
The Guardian - How the gap year became a ‘gap month’ and the best ways to spend it
Press & Journal – Inverness Based business raises £4,000 for Mary’s Meals
TNT Magazine - Working Holidays: the best of work and travel
Press & Journal – Expansion into US has been lesson for success
- Media coverage 2017
- Media coverage 2016
- Media coverage 2015
- Media coverage 2013 - 2014
Images & Video
TEFL Org has two versions of its logo, one with colour and one white, which you can find below:
Director Joe Hallwood and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the signing of The TEFL Org's deal with China Daily.
Managing Director Jennifer Mackenzie's Director of the Year interview - 2017
Director Joe Hallwood for Highlands & Islands Enterprise export case study - 2017
You can download our course brochure outlining more about what our courses entail here:The TEFL Org Brochure