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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

Towards an ESOL Strategy for England

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?

Heidi Alexander MP supports ESOL strategyOn 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 onwas 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.


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