ESOL Strategy for England
In 2014 the DEMOS report ‘On Speaking Terms’ advocated a national ESOL strategy for England as the key measure to ‘help to unlock migrant capabilities, save costs to public services in the long term and promote a more integrated and socially cohesive society’. Since then a number of ESOL stakeholders have echoed the call - they include NIACE (now Learning and Work Institute), Cambridge English, NATECLA and most recently from HOLEX (national network of community learning and skills providers).
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Towards an ESOL Strategy for England: The main document
NATECLA believes an ESOL strategy is vital to bring stability to the ESOL landscape after decades of shifting policies at the hands of successive governments.
Entitled ‘Towards an ESOL Strategy for England’, NATECLA has put together a strategy document based on a consultation carried out amongst ESOL teachers, managers, students and other key stakeholders in the field.
This document is intended primarily for policymakers and funders not just in the field of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) itself but in other sectors such as employment services, health services, combined authorities, and Local Enterprise Partnerships. It outlines why England needs a strategy for ESOL and contains a range of proposals. It represents a consensus of views across a wide range of ESOL stakeholders, from practitioners and learners to awarding bodies and trade unions.
How far have we got one year on?
On Wednesday 11th October 2017, MPs, policymakers and other key people from across the ESOL sector and beyond gathered in Westminster to discuss progress made on the Towards an ESOL Strategy for England campaign, exactly one year after the initial document was released. The meeting was hosted by campaign supporter Heidi Alexander MP and was attended by over 50 delegates.
At the meeting, the progress report 'Towards an ESOL Strategy for England: How far have we got one year on' was distributed and updates were presented by key people in the field.
Take a look at some of the reports presented in the meeting:
Lobby your MP: Email templates and lesson plans
Can you help us promote our strategy document 'Towards an ESOL strategy for England'?
We would like you to plan a lesson with your students around writing to your local MP. Why not do it as an end of term lesson, or incorporate it into your scheme of work for the beginning of next term? Everything you need is here - a lesson plan and a template for the letter. The lesson plan has been produced by English for Action, which uses a participatory approach to ESOL. Check it out!
Let us know if you or your students receive any interesting replies from the emails.
Related reading material
Reports and policies
In the press
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- FE News piece by Keith Hatch, 20th October 2016 'Trade unions have a role in supporting ESOL'
- EL Gazette piece by Melanie Butler, October 2016 'UK missing an ESOL strategy'
- TES article by Stephen Exley as part of ESOL special in the publication, 7th October 2016, 'Give asylum seekers free ESOL classes, say teachers'
- TES 4 page special edition on ESOL (hard copy edition of the magazine only), 7th October 2016. Articles included 'Give the Esol sector the stability it deserves' by Julia Belgutay, 'Death by a thousand cuts' by Stephen Exley and 'There's more to teaching English than speaking it' by Sarah Simon.
- TES article by Jenny Roden (National Co-chair for NATECLA), January 2016, 'We need to pull together for a national Esol strategy' – full access for subscribers only
- TES article by Sue Pember, Director of policy and external relationships at Holex, December 2015, 'Opinion: ‘Why England is crying out for a national Esol policy’
- Piece in FE Week supplement, Reading between the Lines by Dr Nick Saville, Director of Research and Thought Leadership at Cambridge English, 'Making a strong case for ESOL investment' (page 7 of supplement)
- FE News article by Rob Peutrell, NATECLA committee member, founder member of Tutor Voices and an ESOL teacher in Nottingham, October 2015, 'Defend ESOL'
- Blog article on NIACE website by Alex Stevenson,19 August 2014, 'New report on improving ESOL provision making headlines'
- TES article by Alan Tuckett (President of the International Council for Adult Education), October 2014, 'A vital conversation everyone should join'