I was speaking to an experienced language teacher last night and she's not a fan either of the course materails I have been given - Upstream from Express Publishing. She also found the accents on the course a bit extreme. I've actually nothing whatsoever against a posh English accent. I think the accent on this course especially from the main woman on it are possibly taking RP to extreme hence my dislike of these CDs.
I mean for example if any of you saw on BBC4 the historian Professor David Reynolds presenting the program World War Two: 1941 and the Man of Steel about Stalin and Russian Resistance to the Nazis in 1941 - BBC - BBC Four Programmes - World War Two: 1941 and the Man of Steel he had quite a posh accent but he was so easy to listen to and made posh sound cool .
So... even if I were provided with all the course materials I'm not a fan of the stuff the school uses. Still it's obviously better than nothing I guess it's up to me to try to make the best use of them, i.e. if I get them.
I'm actually using lessons printed off from www.onestopenglish.com which I subscribed to for many of my classes. However doing it that way I feel like I'm just doing lesson by lesson rather than a proper structured course.