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A New Approach to ESOL

John Denham, Skills Secretary has published plans to re-prioritise funding for ESOL classes to support community cohesion. The government are refocusing the £300 million of ESOL spending on long-term UK residents and away from short-term migrants to the UK.  John Denham stated that, “It is important that those with a long-term commitment to remain in the UK should be the ones to benefit from this investment which will help improve their job prospects, and encourage community cohesion.”

A New Approach to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) was published on 13 May, and builds on the responses made to the ESOL consultation from last year and from the changes to ESOL funding introduced over the past two years.   Four test areas in Ealing, Peterborough, Manchester City and Salford have piloted the new approach which will now be rolled out across a number of local authority pathfinders from September.

In the pathfinder areas, local authorities, the LSC, local colleges and training providers will work with community groups to identify vulnerable people in their neighbourhood who need to improve their English skills, as well as those who are not currently accessing provision in order to help them overcome barriers to participation.

The 21 pathfinder areas include Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, Lincolnshire, a number of London Boroughs, Newcastle, Manchester, Peterborough, Salford, and Slough.

Visit the DIUS website for further information.


A New Approach to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

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