The Mayor’s ESOL Plus Childcare initiative has been working with partners to meet gaps in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) provision for learners with childcare responsibilities.
One in three Londoners were born outside the UK, and more than 300 languages are currently spoken on our streets. The Mayor has described the importance of English and the need for government and cities to improve the support we provide to learners, because a common language is necessary for a common life.
City Hall awarded £80,000 funding to two grantees - Poplar HARCA and Sutton College - to deliver innovative pilot projects to meet the needs of learners with childcare responsibilities, and to evaluate this work to support the case for more accessible ESOL with childcare. The projects ran between July 2018 and July 2019 and learnings from the projects can be found below.
The projects were presented at a recent workshop for ESOL providers interested in learning from the programme as well as contributing their existing expertise from delivery outside the remit of the ESOL Plus Childcare projects. Notes from this workshop are being integrated into the learning from the projects, and will form part of a piece of guidance for the sector on best practice in delivery of ESOL Plus Childcare. This guidance will be published in late 2019.