ESOL in the East Midlands 2018 Report

01 September 2018

ESOL in the East Midlands 2018 Report

EMSMP in conjunction with EMFEC undertook a report in 2018 to map current ESOL provision within the East Midlands. For several years, East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership, has highlighted the lack of availability and access to English language tuition for speakers of other languages, as a barrier to integration and employment for migrants in the region. EMC has since worked with EMFEC to produce a comprehensive review to better understand ESOL provision, to highlight gaps in provision and to share best practice.

 The report demonstrates the challenges of delivering ESOL to a diverse population and in   particular the needs of refugees resettled under the Government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS). Key recommendations and conclusions will provide the focus for further action and include:

  • Effectively planning for the provision of ESOL in each area. EMC and its partners will look to set   up partnerships of ESOL stake holders and providers.
  • Encouraging ESOL providers to offer greater flexibility through harnessing new technologies and innovative ways to delivering learning.
  • Consider establishing a regional guidance and referral agency, such as the Nottingham ‘begin model’ - to act as a central co-ordination point for ESOL.
  • EMC and emfec will commit to work with local authorities, LEPs, ESOL providers, voluntary and community sector and refugees themselves. This is in order to take forward the recommendations and to support the provision of infrastructure - to better meet the needs of new migrants and refugees across the region.