ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages

The West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership has commisioned the Learning and Work Institute to be the regional ESOL co-ordinator for the West Midlands Region.

Local authorities supporting the resettlement of Syrian refugee families in the West Midlands region are to benefit from new support which aims to improve resettled persons’ access to English for Speakers of Other Languages provision. This work is supported by Home Office funding until March 2019. The regional ESOL co-ordinator will implement activities providing strategic support to ESOL provision in the region. This will include:

  • A mapping exercise of formal and informal ESOL provision
  • Development of a regional ‘ESOL hub’ website
  • Targeted strategic support to local areas with ESOL delivery plans

As well as addressing the needs of resettled Syrian families, the work is expected to have wider benefits for other groups also wishing to access English language learning in the West Midlands. Good English language skills are vital for effective resettlement, entry to the labour market and everyday life in the UK, but accessing the right ESOL provision can be a challenge. We hope that this project will bring benefits to local authorities, resettlement agencies and ESOL providers to help ensure that everyone who needs it can access suitable opportunities to learn English.

Learning and Work also provides ESOL co-ordination in the South East region, and in 2017 undertook a mapping exercise and research into ESOL provision in London.

ESOL Providers - Please complete this survey!
This survey is open to all ESOL providers working in the West Midlands region. We would like all kinds of ESOL providers – including third sector organisations, Adult Community Learning providers and Further Education colleges – to tell us about the features of their provision by completing the survey. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and is open until Thursday 21st June. We would ask that any organisations involved in refugee resettlement share this survey with any ESOL providers they work with. The work will support local authorities participating in the resettlement of Syrian refugees to provide appropriate ESOL learning to resettled adult Syrian refugees. The project aims to bring about:

  • increased collaboration between ESOL providers and resettlement agencies across the West Midlands region
  • effective, co-ordinated delivery of ESOL, focussing on the integration of Syrian refugees into their resettlement location and transition into work.

To complete the survey, please click here. For further information, please contact Corin Egglestone at