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29 June 2009
Proposed cuts to ESOL posts and provision Demonstration against cuts in jobs and provision 27 June 2009

Proposed cuts in ESOL provision and posts NATECLA is very concerned to hear about proposed cuts to ESOL provision and posts. Given that the funding for ESOL for 09/10 will be at the same level as this year and that there is a continued demand for ESOL provision we can see no justification for cuts. The government's policy on ESOL, presented in the document ' A New Approach to ESOL' in May of this year, seeks to prioritise ESOL provision for those who are most at risk of exclusion. This will not be achieved by cutting posts and provision, particularly provision in outreach and community centres. The refreshed Skills for Life strategy focuses on skills for employability and ESOL has a key role to play in this strategy as well. We therefore urge colleges and other providers to do everything possible to ensure that ESOL provision is maintained and that the considerable ESOL expertise in our workforce is protected and not lost through compulsory redundancies. Cuts in Adult Education in London Colleges. http://www.callcampaign.org.uk/?p=733#more-733 University and College Union (UCU) http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=2255 Campaigning Alliance for LifeLong learning http://www.callcampaign.org.uk/ Guardian comment July 14 http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/jul/14/beginners-language-courses-cuts-english Pictures of staff and students demonstrating against the proposed cuts. Saturday 27 June 2009 http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/BriWenRed/Demo2# http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/BriWenRed/NotCuts2# Pictures courtesy of Brian Lyons Tower Hamlets College has taken strike action from Thursday 27 August after eleventh hour talks failed to resolve the ongoing dispute over job losses and cuts to English language courses. http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=4150 Tower Hamlets College - Stop the cuts http://tinyurl.com/Facebook-THC http://defendjobsandeducation.posterous.com/

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