About us

The Bell Foundation was established in 2012. It is part of the Bell Educational Trust Limited. The Trust was established in 1972 by Frank Bell with the aim of promoting intercultural understanding through language education. The Bell Foundation, based in Cambridge, UK, will continue this vision by working to change lives and overcome exclusion through language education.

A new focus for the Trust

For more than 60 years, the Bell Educational Trust has carried out English language teaching activities around the world as an educational charity, becoming one of the leading providers of language education in Britain. In 2011, the Trust taught over 100,000 students from more than 120 countries.

At the beginning of 2012, the Trust implemented two of the most significant changes in its history. To give greater commercial focus to its teaching operations, teaching activities were transferred to the Trust’s wholly-owned trading subsidiary, Bell Educational Services (Bell). At the same time, to carry on and revitalise the charitable activities of the Trust, The Bell Foundation was established.

The Bell Foundation’s main focus is to work in partnership, initially in the UK, to create opportunities and change lives through language education for excluded individuals and communities, with the aim of changing practice, policy and public opinion through evidence. The commercial activities of Bell will provide long term funding for the work of The Bell Foundation.

The Bell Foundation is an associate member of the Association of Charitable Foundations.

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