Jim Kell

Director of International Partnerships

Since Jim joined GL Education in 2015 as Director of International Partnerships, he has led the company’s efforts to support children in government schools outside the UK. His work is centred on strategic partnerships and ministries in key overseas markets. Under Jim’s leadership, the company has been successful in tailoring its flagship assessments for other education systems – CAT4 Arabic, CAT4 Chinese, PASS US and PASS Swedish. 

Jim has worked in education for over 30 years – as a teacher, trainer, writer, manager and consultant. Much of his career has been spent on cross-border educational co-operation, with particular success in implementing large-scale educational projects with ministries and agencies overseas. Jim previously worked for Bell, a leading provider of English-language training and consultancy, where he was Director of Education. Before that he worked for the British Council in China in establishing university teacher training projects – he is a fluent Mandarin speaker. 

Jim graduated from Edinburgh University and subsequently gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Oxford and an MA in applied linguistics from Essex University. 

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