About Us

The Bell Foundation was established in 2012, and is part of The Bell Educational Trust Limited, created in 1972 by Frank Bell with the aim of promoting intercultural understanding through language education.

The Bell Foundation’s main focus is to work with partners on innovation, research, training and practical interventions.  By generating and applying evidence, we aim to change practice, policy and systems for children, adults and communities in the UK disadvantaged through language.

The Bell Foundation has established two programmes to support its overarching aims and objectives. The EAL programme seeks to improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged children in the UK who have English as an Additional Language. The Criminal Justice programme seeks to contribute to reducing the re-offending rates of ex-offenders and prisoners who have English as a Second Language through removal of the language barrier to rehabilitation.

The Bell Foundation is an associate member of the Association of Charitable Foundations and co-convenor of the ACF's Criminal Justice Issue Based Network.


The Bell Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees which meets at least four times a year. The Bell Educational Trust Limited also wholly owns Bell Educational Services (Bell), its trading subsidiary.

The Board of Trustees has four Committees:

Read The Bell Educational Trust latest Annual Report and Accounts here.

Read The Bell Foundation's latest Impact Report here.