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NATECLA calls for ESOL exams to be replaced by teacher assessment this year, like Functional Skills

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17 April 2020

Ofqual’s 9th April statement on the assessment of vocational qualifications brought good news for ESOL learners taking Functional Skills, but did not mention whether this will also apply to ESOL qualifications. 

Having consulted members for their views, NATECLA has called on Ofqual and the Department for Education to allow all ESOL learners to be assessed by their teachers instead of having to adapt quickly to online assessment, which would disadvantage those with no access to computers or the internet, and those with poor reading and technology skills.  

NATECLA has also asked for learners to be allowed to continue learning during the summer term without needing to prepare for examinations, but focusing on the English they most need at this difficult time. They can then return to their qualification programmes once face-to-face learning resumes.

Read NATECLA's full statement to Ofqual on ESOL Skills for Life Qualifications during Covid-19


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