ESOL Plus - Childcare Programme

The Mayor’s ESOL Plus initiative will work with partners to meet gaps in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) provision for learners.

City Hall are inviting ESOL providers to bid for up to £80,000 funding to deliver an innovative pilot to meet the needs of learners with childcare responsibilities.

Organisations who partner with us will have the credibility of partnering with the Mayor, and will be involved in an evaluation of the project that will provide a valuable case study to inform future work.

Objectives and expected outcomes

City Hall will provide grant funding to an ESOL provider to deliver a pilot project to meet the needs of learners with childcare responsibilities:

  • demonstrate innovation in the use of resources to provide a sustainable model of ESOL delivery that meets the needs of learners with childcare responsibilities
  • engage in a full evaluation that assesses the scalability of the pilot project and its effectiveness in engaging new learners, or better meeting the needs of existing learners
  • evaluate the learning outcomes for participants using a broad range of indicators that link to levels of social integration, civic engagement and wellbeing

How to apply

To apply for this grant-funding, complete the form below and return it by email to [email protected] by 4pm Monday 16 April 2018.

ESOL Plus - childcare programme application form (RTF).

ESOL Plus - Childcare Programme Information Pack

Key dates

  • Friday 9 March 2018 - applications open
  • Monday 16 April 2018, 4pm - applications close
  • Friday 20 April 2018 - interviews take place at City Hall
  • Monday 23 April 2018 - successful applicants notified and work begins


Why are we doing this

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.

Being able to speak English is crucial for accessing employment in London. It is also associated with several other benefits including independence, confidence and self-determination. It leads to tangible benefits such as better access to healthcare and education and unlocks migrants’ capabilities. The wider social benefits of ESOL in the long term include saving costs to health and welfare, and harnessing migrants’ potential employment skills to strengthen the economy.

Most migrants who do not speak English when they arrive in the UK want to improve their English language skills, but often face barriers in terms of the availability, sufficiency and flexibility of the ESOL offer in London. ESOL Plus will fund innovative pilots to provide ESOL to learners whose needs are not currently being met through mainstream provision. There is a clear role for employers in this context that we would like to explore.

Who can apply

Applications are open to organisations who have a strong track record of delivering ESOL. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate:

  • a strong track-record of providing formal ESOL provision and a clear understanding of the barriers learners face
  • clear capacity from a project lead, suitable facilities and staffing to deliver ESOL pilot and evaluation
  • experience in successfully engaging learners with particular needs and barriers to access ESOL
  • knowledge of existing examples of successful and innovative ESOL provision for learners who face additional barriers to access and progress
  • a strong and robust project plan for delivery of ESOL to the target audience. A model for delivery that could be scaled up, and a plan to evaluate the project on this basis