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07 March 2012


Last week I attended the launch of Action for ESOL‘s Manifesto. I believe people have a right to learn the common language of the country they live, and campaigned extensively against the Government’s proposals to change the funding structures of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses (see here and here). Fortunately, the Government eventually U-turned on their proposals, which led to confusion in the education sector.

In light of the uncertainty on the future of ESOL, Action for ESOL collaborated with teachers, students, trade unions and community groups to launch a manifesto to keep the issue on the agenda. Some of the policies discussed in the document include a statutory entitlement to ESOL for those who need it to live and work in the UK, which should be accessible regardless of social and financial barriers.

The challenges facing ESOL are huge, and I am determined to ensure that this is not an area hit by the Coalition’s cuts.

There was a video made at the manifesto launch, which I hope to get hold of and upload soon!


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