• ESOL is chronically underfunded - this must change

    It’s all very well the education secretary waxing lyrical about English as a second language, but without proper funding, migrants have no chance, writes Gordon Marsden Louise Casey wrote “English language is a common denominator and a strong enabler of integration,” in her opportunity and integration review in December 2016. Damian Hinds recently echoed her,

    5.00 Mar. 26th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Leave ESOL to the experts

    We are morally compelled as a nation to do our absolute best to help immigrants who struggle with speaking English, to integrate smoothly into our rich melting pot of a society. It’s such an important policy area, in terms of helping secure jobs and preventing significant numbers of people from feeling isolated. That’s why I

    15.00 Feb. 3rd, 2017 | Opinion

  • Education leaders call for co-ordinated national ESOL strategy

    Two of the country’s most senior educators have called on the government to produce a coherent national strategy for teaching English to immigrants, and put a stop to wasteful competition between different ministries and departments. At present, responsibility for English as a second language is split between the Department for Education and the Department for

    15.00 Feb. 3rd, 2017 | News

  • English language classes funding is not a luxury

    The Casey Report is right to fight for the cause of English for Speakers of Other Languages courses –improving social integration is an essential public service, says Jenny Roden. After much anticipation, speculation and delay Dame Louise Casey’s review into integrating isolated communities was finally published this week. Optimistically entitled ‘A review into opportunity and

    10.43 Dec. 9th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Casey Review demands urgent review into savage ESOL cuts

    The country urgently needs a national review into the provisions it makes for non-native English speakers, according to a major new report. The Casey Review, which looked at how social integration can be improved across the UK, found that community cohesion is being undermined by savage and ongoing funding cuts. Unveiled on December 6, the

    13.04 Dec. 5th, 2016 | News