UK ELT stats reveal pandemic’s impact


The latest full-year data release from English UK provides a high-level picture of how sharply the sector has been affected over the last two years by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Total student weeks declined by more than a quarter year-over-year (-27%), from 261,843 weeks in 2020 to 190,939 weeks in 2021. The compiled charts below show the marked decline with the full onset of the pandemic in Q1 2020, and then a gradual recovery throughout 2021. Students weeks, notes English UK, “rose incrementally from 28,389 weeks in Q1 to 64,099 in Q4.”

As we also see in the following charts, the junior market – which at its peak accounted for just over half of all ELT students in pre-pandemic times – essentially evaporated after the first quarter of 2020.

With those major shifts in student volumes, segments, and even modes of delivery (89% of English UK members report providing some level of online delivery in 2021), British ELT providers also saw some important changes in sending markets last year.

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