Access to high-quality English language provision is essential

7 March 2017

Learning and Work Institute (L&W) has been commissioned by the Greater London Authority to conduct a mapping exercise of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision in Greater London.

This work will benefit ESOL policy development in London by contributing to a more detailed understanding of ESOL provision in the City. It takes place in the context of a recent review of Adult Community Learning in London and the anticipated devolution of the Adult Education Budget to the Mayor of London from 2019/20.

The work also aims to support London boroughs participating in the resettlement of Syrian refugees to provide appropriate ESOL learning to resettled adult Syrian refugees.

Findings will be disseminated in April.

As part of this work, L&W would like ESOL providers to complete this short survey, by Monday 20 March.

Alex Stevenson, Head of English, Maths and ESOL at Learning and Work Institute said:

“ESOL is especially important in London, given the diversity of its communities and recent migration trends. Access to high-quality English language provision is essential in supporting participation in community and daily life, in accessing employment and progressing at work. For refugees, it is a vital component in successful resettlement in the UK. Our work will contribute to the development of ESOL policy in London, and we hope the lessons learned can be used more widely across the nation.”

For further information, please contact Head of ESOL,