Registering as an ACL means that the school and its Tier 4 pupils do not need to visit a local Post Office to collect the BRPs. This also helps schools with their Tier 4 record keeping duties and ensures that students' BRPs have arrived and are in order.
UKVI plan to start conducting audits of schools which are registered as ACLs to ensure that the ACL Guidance is being complied with. It seems that UKVI are also concerned that the security of BRPs - which are important identity documents - is not being treated seriously enough in all cases.
UKVI's "ACL Audit Team" have written to all ACLs asking them to confirm in writing certain details regarding their ACL operations with a view to ensuring all ACLs are compliant by August 2019.
If your school is an ACL, the issues which UKVI and the ACL Audit Team are likely to be interested in are as follows:
Schools with Tier 4 sponsor licences will hopefully already be well versed in ensuring compliance with their sponsor duties. Those which have already registered as ACLs should also be fully compliant with the requirements of the ACL guidance, but the news that UKVI plan audits looking at this specific issue suggests they are concerned that some ACLs may not be fully compliant.
If your school is also registered as ACL, we strongly advise that you review your ACL facilities and processes against the ACL guidance, and ensure that you respond to the ACL Audit Team's request for information by the deadline given.