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‘Give the Esol sector the stability it deserves’

Report calls for national strategy and free English lessons for asylum seekers

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Classes in English for speakers of other languages (Esol) should be free for newly arrived asylum seekers and people with low literacy in their first language, as well as for the unemployed, according to a new report.

Unlike Scotland and Wales, England currently has no national Esol strategy. This means that providers around the country often have overlapping programmes and different fee policies, which experts say has led to duplication of provision and confusion for learners.

Next week, the National Association for Teaching English and Community Languages to Adults (Natecla) will unveil its ...

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