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Contact InformationSteven Kellow – Digital Marketing Executive
Tel: +44 (0)1349 800 600
Address: TEFL Org UK, 18 Alexander Place, Inverness, IV3 5BX
TEFL Org UK latest news
Sleep in the Park 2017
On Saturday 9th December, six members of the TEFL Org UK team will be sleeping out under the stars in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens as part of Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park. We’ll be joining over 9,000 who have also signed up to the mass sleep out in December. We plan to raise £3,000.…Read more
New Teaching Young Learners course launched
We’re delighted to announce that our new Teaching Young Learners advanced course is now available! The course has been written by our Online Courses Manager Thomas Kerr and classroom/online tutor Alex Herrington, who between them have 45 years of young learner teaching experience. Mr Kerr said: Thomas Kerr Online Courses Manager “Teaching young learners is…Read more
Teaching Young Learners Beta
After our successful beta and launch of Teaching Business English earlier this month, we’re now ready to announce another test of our latest revamped course: Teaching Young Learners. This is the final course in our lineup to be redeveloped, making use of our brand-new learning platform and featuring all new content designed to be up-to-date…Read more
TEFL Org UK Managing Director shortlisted for BWS/WES awards
TEFL Org UK are delighted to announce Managing Director Jennifer MacKenzie has been shortlisted in the “Business of the Year” category for the Business Women Scotland (BWS) and Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) awards. The nomination is in recognition of the tremendous achievements of the company and Ms Mackenzie in the last three years, as we…Read more
New Teaching Business English course now available
We’re proud to announce the launch of our new Teaching Business English course, which has been re-written from scratch by our expert team of tutors to meet the modern challenges of teaching English for business. Devised by our Online Courses Manager, Thomas Kerr, and course tutor Alex Herrington – the course takes an in-depth look…Read more
TEFL Org UK’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.
TEFL Org UK 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.
TEFL Org UK 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, TEFL Org UK 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.
TEFL Org UK 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 TEFL Org UK, 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 TEFL Org UK 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 TEFL Org UK 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 TEFL Org UK’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 TEFL Org UK 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 wonderful people that make up the TEFL Org UK team.
TEFL courses train people to become English teachers. With a qualification from an accredited TEFL organisation such as TEFL Org UK, 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
TEFL Org UK’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.
TEFL Org UK’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
TEFL Org UK 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. TEFL Org UK 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
TEFL Org UK 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.
TEFL Org UK 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.
TEFL Org UK 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:
TEFL Org UK’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 TEFL Org UK courses have.Check out some of our students' adventures on our blog
TEFL Org UK 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.
TEFL Org UK 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.
TEFL Org UK 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
TEFL Org UK is an accredited Scottish Living Wage employer, ensuring that the company commits to rewarding employees with a living wage.
Investors in People
TEFL Org UK 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
TEFL Org UK 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
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 2015 - 2017
- English-teaching firm’s boss in line for more awards (The National)
- TEFL Org UK expands into the US as it seeks growth in key markets (Insider.co.uk)
- Transatlantic boost for Highlands teaching firm Tefl Org UK (The Scotsman)
- Scotland’s best in business triumph at the Director of the Year Awards
- Scotland’s top directors honoured at IoD Director of the Year Awards
- Media coverage 2012 - 2014
The Careers Group LondonUsing TEFL for Travel
Scotland Goes GlobalLive and Work in China for 5 months with TEFL Org UK
The Ross-Shire JournalDingwall firm is just the business at awards ceremony!
Eurograduate LiveGap Year Tips
BBC ScotlandLanguage firm TEFL Scotland seals China training deal
The HeraldEducation link-ups with China
The Scottish Government WebsiteExporting Education Expertise to China
Highlands and Islands EnterpriseScottish company launches online training for Chinese English trainers
Ross-Shire JournalNew jobs for Dingwall as firm signs £1m deal in China
Kent on SundayTraining course to teach English abroad
Guildford PeopleTEFL England target the people of Guildford to teach English abroad
The Huffington PostBlog contributor Alana MacPherson discusses various aspects of international travel/work, EFL trends and teaching abroad. Read some of her articles on The Huffington Post blog for news, tips and updates.
Scotland Goes GlobalThe Importance of a Global Mindset We're telling people all about the benefits of an experience abroad. This is a great initiativ, working to highlight the importance of globally-minded students and graduates for the future development of the UK.
Work Wise UKThe Benefits of Remote Working
GoThinkBigReasons why you should consider teaching english abroad, if you haven’t already (not just for gap yahs)
Press and JournalNorth ventures through to final
Eurograduate LiveRecord numbers of graduates to head overseas for employment An article focusing on the summer discount in conjunction with graduates looking for jobs outwith the UK. Online TEFL Courses - This article looks at the increasing trend in online learning and training. Smart TEFL - This article looks at worldwide access to your TEFL course and worldwide demand. Working and Living Abroad - An article focusing on the benefits of work and travel experience abroad.
More MagazineTeaching English abroad - More! Investigate working opportunities abroad.
Aberdeen Evening ExpressStudents to get tips on foreign jobs - TEFL Org UK visit the University of Aberdeen
Ross-Shire JournalContin woman 'Hungary' for adventure after job search draws blank
Travel MagCan teaching English pay your travel bills?
Press and JournalEnglish teacher demand still growing worldwide
Images & Video
TEFL Org UK 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 TEFL Org UK'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:TEFL Org UK Brochure