Lingotot

Expanding Member
– Joined 2019

Lingotot was established in the UK in 2010 by Angela Sterling, fully qualified teacher whose GCSE students ranked in the top 10 in the world. She also worked for Newcastle and Southampton universities researching language acquisition at different ages. When she first founded the company, Angela wanted to give children the opportunity to experience and explore new languages and cultures while reaping the all-round benefits of language-learning on their way to global citizenship.

Since the BBC attended Angela’s first ever class, the business has seen rapid growth and we now teach around 20,000 children per week via our network of over 50 franchisees who are achieving the level of flexibility and success that they want.

We recognise that the ongoing success of our franchise network requires continuous support and we are dedicated to supporting and encouraging our franchisees.

Our Approach

Lingotot is proud to teach our multi award-winning language classes to thousands of children each and every week.

The Lingotot method makes use of active, communicative and interactive teaching methods which come naturally to young learners. Learning is through songs, stories, games, drama and play.

When you join the Lingotot family you enter a friendly and professional network from a range of different backgrounds who all share a common purpose: Making language learning child’s play.

Why Choose Lingotot?

Complete Flexibility

Choose your own languages, classes, work patterns and even if you want to teach at all! – Mornings can include classes in the community or nurseries. Afternoons you may be teaching in schools in place of the class teacher or spend your evenings, weekends and school holidays teaching extra-curricular and holiday clubs.

Low start-up costs

Classes are run in nurseries, schools and the community, no large expense required on setting up dedicated premises. The only large investment required is the initial franchise fee of £8290 (+VAT).

Fast Growing Brand Renowned for Quality

We are proud to be a member of the British Franchise Association (BFA). Lingotot is the only children’s language franchise to offer teaching qualifications for staff accredited by NCFE Cache in addition to qualifications for our children.

Excellent Training and Support 

Franchisees also benefit from a Franchise Business Qualification and further certificates in safeguarding, data protection, first aid etc. Some training is online, and you will attend an intensive business training weekend. This is followed with regular 1:1 mentoring and 3 months of handholding. Behind the scenes we operate our award-winning intranet, LingoHub. LingoHub provides access to all back of office functions from class booking to financial data.

All further training is included and includes mentoring, personalised reports, weekly training via webinar and much more!

Multi-Language Support 

Full support for 8 languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin, Arabic and Welsh. Other languages can be developed by mutual agreement.

Proven Track Record

Lingotot first started to franchise in 2011 with the launch of its first pilot units. The company released franchises UK wide in 2012 and now boasts a network of over 50 franchisees which directly employ a further 80 teachers.

Growing Focus by parents and the Government

The benefits to children of the early learning of languages is being increasingly recognised by both parents and the Government and languages are now compulsory in English primary schools.

Sustainable business model

Some studies show that franchises have a success rate of approximately 90 percent as compared to only about 15 percent for businesses that are started from the ground up.

Variety of income streams 

Including classes in schools during curriculum time, baby groups, pre-school classes, extra-curricular clubs, holiday camps, Generations classes in care homes, LingoStars drama, LingoChoir, LingoChat courses for adults and additional revenue through product sales.

Family owned business

We are invested in your success as the brand is very close to our hearts and your success is our success. We genuinely call ourselves The Lingotot Family!

What are the Requirements to become a Franchisee?

The main requirement for becoming a Lingotot Franchisee is that you have a passion for teaching children languages, we focus more on recruiting the right people rather than those with specific skills or experience.

  • Being multilingual is an advantage but not a requirement, if your language skills are a bit rusty, we have a LingoBoost programme to polish them up. Some of our franchisees do not speak any other languages themselves and rely on tutors to teach the lessons.
  • Previous teaching experience is an advantage but not required. We provide accredited teacher training.
  • No previous business experience required; we provide full support.

Training

We offer two language teaching qualifications as standard which are accredited by CACHE and NCFE: Our Certificate in Teaching Early Years Languages and Certificate in Teaching Primary Languages.  If your language skills are rusty, our special LingoBoost conversational refresher programme is included with your franchise.

We teach you everything you need to know to run a successful and profitable Lingotot business with oodles of ongoing support from Head Office and from our network of wonderfully supportive franchisees (we genuinely call ourselves the Lingotot Family!)

Franchisees also benefit from a Franchise Business Qualification and further certificates in safeguarding, data protection, first aid etc. Some training is online, and you will attend initial training over a long intensive weekend. This is followed with regular 1:1 mentoring and 3 months of handholding. Behind the scenes we operate our award-winning intranet, LingoHub. LingoHub provides access to all back of office functions from class booking to financial data.  All further training is free and includes mentoring, personalised reports, weekly training via webinar and much more!

What will I do as a Franchisee

Choose your own languages, classes, work patterns and even if you want to teach at all! – Mornings can include classes in the community or nurseries. Afternoons, language classes in schools or after-school clubs. You can do classes in schools during curriculum time, baby groups, pre-school classes, extra-curricular clubs, holiday camps, Generations classes in care homes, LingoStars drama, LingoChoir and LingoChat courses for adults. You must be enthusiastic and love working with children. Confidence is a must as singing in front of large groups of people is essential.  This job requires travel to different locations with quite a bit of equipment so it is essential you have your own transport. Working hours vary each term with new customers coming on board all the time so we need you to be very flexible with the hours you can work.

Key Information

Start-Up Cost:

£8,200

Franchise Type:

Home based

Sector Type:

Childcare & Childrens Activities

Investment Type:

Start-up Franchise

Market:

B2B & B2C

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